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Six things every motorcycle rider needs to do

You can be safer on your bike by following these steps

motorcycle safety gear

We don’t need to tell you that riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than traveling in a car.

Aside from not having the stability of four wheels, or the mass of a larger vehicle, or the many safety features built into modern cars, the big vulnerability that motorcyclists have to contend with is that should something go wrong they may end up on the road.

And that puts them in a very vulnerable and risky situation.

Related: Highest Ever Victorian Motorcycle Deaths Recorded

So, perhaps more than any other road users, motorcyclists need to take the time and effort, and perhaps spend the money too, to give themselves the best chance of a good outcome should a great ride turn nasty.

Insurers Youi recently looked at their motorcycle crash data and found that, perhaps not surprisingly, most motorcycle related crashes occur on the weekend.

And when they do happen, chances are they are also more serious than mid-week crashes.

So, don’t get complacent just because it’s the weekend and you might be out for fun, rather than a commute.

Here’s how they recommend you prepare to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always wear an approved standards helmet
  • Wear appropriate tear resistant clothing including long pants and jacket
  • Wear safety equipment covering eyes, feet and hands when riding
  • Dress to make yourself more visible
  • Ensure your pillion passenger is wearing the right safety gear
  • Always ride to the conditions

Sounds like common sense to us, but with many motorcyclists spotted riding around in t-shirts and shorts, we wonder if the message ever really will get through.

Related: Calls For Motorcycle Crash Footage To Be Used For Road Safety Campaign

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About Steve McDowall 358 Articles

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years.

Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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