Based on a fatal crash data in 2014, U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash compared to car occupants and 6 times more likely to be injured. Fatalities among motorcycle riders have increased to almost 6% from 2006 to 2015, with a whooping 8% increase in 2015 alone.So are motorcycles worth the risk?

Those numbers aren’t meant to scare you off, not that we intend to, but at least you get the idea that motorcycle safety is still a big traffic problem in the U.S. Motorcycles can be fun -- for some. The thrill, freedom that comes along when riding one in the open road; the fresh air rushing through your skin and that sense of mobility -- makes motorcycle an attractive vehicle.

Motorcycle Safety Statistics

In  2015, there are  4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers that died in vehicular crashes and 88,000 suffered from nonfatal injuries according to an Injury Facts 2017 by the National Safety Council. Moreover, during the same year in Oklahoma, around 88 motorcyclists were killed during crashes -- a 60% increase from 54 in 2014-- and a significant 55.7% of those were not wearing a helmet.

And there are still older riders who take the risk of motorcycling despite slower reflexes and less than great eyesight. Were not saying thats you if you are older. But If you take a look at the chart below, there’s a significant number of fatalities from the older age group of 46 and up.

   SOURCE: Oklahoma HIghway Safety Office

The National Safety Council announced that in 2016, there are 19,100 people who lost their lives due to motorcycle and car crashes and a $205 billion total estimated cost of deaths and injuries.

These numbers aren’t just here for no reason. Those numbers hopefully reflects our message that you need to adhere to safety when riding on a two-wheeled vehicle. If we can just shower you with magical pixie dust for you to avoid any rough circumstances on the road, we’d gladly do so. Unfortunately, we don’t have such thing (we’re just mere mortals like you); but just the nitty gritty of motorcycle safety.

In short, riding a motorcycle exposes you to more danger than any other mode of transportation on the road. What could be more dangerous than sitting on a vehicle that is inherently designed to fall over?

If you’re convinced now to stay away from negatives, you’ve probably closed this page right now and cuddled with your fur baby. But if you aren’t deterred yet even by a strand, then you are here to know on what are the motorcycle safety tips to equip yourself out there. So hang on tight!

Motorcycle Safety Tips

According to NHTSA, when motorcycle and other vehicles collide, most of the time, it is usually the latter who violates the motorcyclist’s so-called “right of way”.

Automobiles and other vehicles end up in this way due to several factors like:

  • Motorcycles are small and aren’t that visible by the other drivers.
  • Due to a motorcycle’s mobility, drivers don’t anticipate a motorcycle’s move on the road.
  • Driver’s view of the motorcycle riders are obstructed by the vehicle’s blind spots.
  • Drivers could be distracted (does smartphones and social media ring a bell?)

You can save your own life (and get to your destination in full shape) by adhering to motorcycle safety tips like the following below:

  • Wear a full coverage helmet that offers the most protection. Don’t settle for something just because they’re cheap. Remember, your life is priceless!  Look for the DOT sticker which met helmet safety standards.
  • Forget the fancy and cool supersport bikes which have higher driver death rates of about 4 times than those regular ones. Ah, finally, you realized now! Choose a motorcycle that suits you.
  • Before you run wild on the road, be sure to take the time to get to know your new “wheel baby” by riding it in a controlled area. Take a motorcycle safety course and a refresher course for the experienced ones.
  • Get to know the rules of the road and learn it by heart.
  • Check your bike’s tire pressure, tread depth, hand and foot brakes, signal indicators, fluid levels and headlights before you can take it into traffic. Never bring any passenger with you if you’re not comfortable yet.  On the other hand, if you carry a passenger, tell him/her to hold on firmly to your waist or hips and lean closer to you and observe minimal movements.
  • Never ever ever drink and drive. Ever! Alcohol and drugs affects your judgement, coordination, balance and control and a whole lot other.
  • Watch out for hazards like manholes, potholes, sand, debris, oil slicks and others.
  • Always use your motorcycle’s headlight day and night. Make yourself visible too by other drivers.
  • Stick to your designated lanes while observing right speed.
  • Aside from helmet, wear other protective gears like bright and/or reflective clothes, full pants and boots that cover the ankles and goggles or glasses.

Check in your area for any motorcycle safety courses or you may visit Motorcycle Safety Foundation for safety booklets, videos, images and other helpful materials. Every fun thing has its own share of downsides. Make sure you get your act together. And no, we still don’t have those bags of pixie dust. Drive safely!

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