Safe Riding Tips
Motorcycle riding is great fun and an exciting sport. Motorcycle riding also requires that some extra precautions be taken to ensure the safety of the rider and passenger. These precautions are:
Wear a Helmet
Motorcycle safety equipments starts with the quality helmet. One of the most serious injuries that can happen is a head injury. Always wear a properly approved helmet. Always assure that the strap is properly locked.
Familiarize yourself with the motorcycle
Your motorcycle skill and your mechanical knowledge form the foundation of safe riding practices. We suggest that you practice riding your motorcycle in a non-traffic situation until you are thoroughly familiar with your machine and its controls. Remember practice makes perfect.
Riding on wet roads (or) rainy days requires extra caution. Braking distance doubles on a rainy day, as the friction between the motorcycle tyre and the road reduces. Stay off the painted surface marks, manhole covers and greasy appearing areas as they can be especially slippery. Use extreme caution on railway crossings and on metal gratings and bridges. Whenever in doubt about road condition, slow down.
- Always maintain the correct tyre pressure recommended by company.
- High pressure leads to poor road contact, it may lead to skidding while taking a turn or applying brakes.
- Low pressure leads to wobbling, overheating and low pickup.
- Always apply both the brakes for effective stoppage of vehicle.
- Caution: Don't disengage the clutch while braking.
- Never apply single brake separately as it can result into skidding of the scooter/motorcycle there by causing serious accident.
Never attend your cell phone when you are driving. Park the scooter/motorcycle on side of the road and only then attend the calls for yours and others safety.
Always plan your journey before you travel. Start early to avoid speeding, aggressive driving as frustration normally leads to accidents.
- Always stick to the left lane and leave the right lane for faster vehicles.
- Never ride in the blind spot zone when following the vehicle, always maintain minimum distance for better stoppage of vehicle.
- Sudden side winds, which can occur when being passed by larger vehicles at tunnel exits or in hilly areas, can affect your control.
- Reduce your vehicle speed and be alert to side winds.
- While climbing up hill, motorcycle may begin to slow down and show lack of power, immediately shift to lower gears to maintain the momentum.
- Use engine brakes and lower gears for safe travel.
- Don't ride down with neutral which leads to lose of control.