Defensive Driving Tips As a Motorcyclist
One of the simplest things you can do to make sure your driving is safe is to practice defensive driving. This does not mean you have to drive extra slow, but you should use extra caution at all times, and remember that other vehicles are not just other cars and trucks, they are people. Defensive driving consists of a few basic driving tips that are intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a crash. While every situation is different and will require it’s own specific course of action, there are basic defensive driving tips while riding. If you discipline yourself to always follow these tips and practices each and every time you ride.
List of Defensive Driving Skills and Practices
1. Look far ahead for any type of traffic.
2. Maintain proper distance from other vehicles.
3. Always use hand signals when switching lanes or turning.
4. Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices, which can divert your attention, even with hands-free functionality.
5. Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road. Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
6. Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
7. Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
8. Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some real rest.
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