For years, safety officials and motorcycle groups have been working hard to raise awareness of the presence of bikers on American roadways, from bumper stickers to public service announcements to billboards. Though some areas of the country have seen minor declines in injuries and fatalities involving bikers, the reality is that too many motorcyclists are still unwitting victims of motorists who simply don’t pay attention. Which has led many to conclude that perhaps the most effective safety campaign is one that promotes defensive driving.
What is Defensive Driving for a Motorcyclist?
The first step toward maximizing your defensive driving is to recognize that driving a car and riding a bike are two very different things. You may be an outstanding driver behind the wheel of a car, but you may need to take some time to learn how to safely ride your bike. If at all possible, work your way up to the big Harley.
Also, the bigger the motorcycle one of the best ways to start thinking defensively on a bike is to pretend that you are invisible. After all, to many other drivers, you essentially are. Assume that other motorists don’t see you and be prepared to take the action you need to ensure your safety. That may cause you to:
- Increase the distance between your bike and other vehicles
- Be on the lookout for escape routes, including the space between cars (but only in an emergency)
- Pay close attention at every intersection, as drivers may not be looking for you
- Recognize that most other motor vehicles are bigger than yours and don’t be invested in being in a particular spot at a particular time
Another really important component of driving defensively is keeping your bike in top condition. You need to know that the bike will respond in the event of an emergency, that you can either brake quickly and effectively, or that you can give it that little extra bit of gas to pull you past a dangerous situation.
Contact Weber & Nierenberg
At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay Area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, Joe Nierenberg will work directly with you throughout the process.