Safe riding begins with good training. Everyone taking to the highway on a power-packed two-wheeler should heed this approach.

Men and women who saddle up on a motorcycle are 25 times more likely to lose their lives on the road than those who get about in passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Obviously, knowing how to avoid problems on the road and how to solve them when they occur is of critical, life-saving importance to everyone who adopts this mode of transportation.

Our Ormond Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert endorse efforts to get new and experienced riders into safety courses as a means to better prepare them for situations they may experience on the road. Safe riding courses are offered throughout the U.S. for beginning and experienced riders, according to the Motorcyclist Safety Foundation.

Agency Offers Tips for Safest Riding

Among the NHTSA tips offered for safer riding are:

  • Make sure you are always prepared to brake should an unexpected situation develop, like debris on the road, the sudden appearance of a large pothole, or other obstructions.
  • Since intersections pose a constant threat, always position your hands over front and rear brakes when approaching them, which will allow you to slow down or stop quickly if necessary.
  • Never cease to be diligent. Never forget you are harder to see for most drivers and virtually invisible for others. Scan your route constantly for possible dangers. Be ready when a threat to your safety develops.
  • Your mirrors can be your best friends. Scan them constantly for potential danger behind you.
  • Don’t even think about using a cell phone or other social media while on the move.
  • Never forget your position on the road matters. Always keep a good distance between you and other vehicles.

Safe riding instructors recommend motorcyclists position themselves closest to the side of the road on which they are traveling, providing more room to avoid a potential accident or highway debris without endangering another motorist. They also advise riders approaching curves to always place themselves on the opposite side of the way the curve bends, i.e., if the road curves to the right, stay to the left. If braking is necessary, do so while straightening out of the curve.

Often overlooked, but important, is practicing braking techniques. Technological advances in tires and brakes provide new ways to avoid serious injuries in accident situations.

What You Wear on the Road Could Save Your Life

Outfitting yourself with proper riding gear is an obvious choice for safe riding, say motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert in Ormond Beach. In the case of protective headgear, it can be lifesaving. NHTSA says wearing a helmet reduces head injury risk by 69 percent and fatal head injuries by 42 percent. A proper helmet should cover the head completely with protective material. Protective boots, gloves, pants and jacket are also recommended.

The importance of safe riding skills can not be overlooked with the growing number of motorcyclists on Florida streets and highways, note motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., who have more than 15 years’ experience working on rider’s legal issues. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident or have other riding issues call them at 386.673.4412 or toll-free at 800.556.8890 for a free consultation.