Ten Tips for Avoiding Motorcycle Crashes

by Vicki Sanfelipo
January 24, 2017 6 Comments
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What tips or suggestions do you have for avoiding motorcycle crashes?



fb@StanSchwafel's picture


Riding tips

All are good advice. I'm an "older" rider now, and I continually read this type of article to keep safety uppermost in my mind. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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Learning How Not To Crash

This takes discipline and practice. Being safe while riding a motorcycle requires skill along with good risk management. Riders often confuse experience for skill. They are not the same. Riding a motorcycle skillfully takes practice. Motorcycle riding skills are perishable. Being prepared for the mean streets is a state of mind. If you drive a car aggressively you are likely to drive a motorcycle the same way. Learn from the Pro's and get advanced rider training is very good advice. If you ride a heavyweight motorcycle, I highly recommend http://ridelikeapro.com where you will learn the Police Motor Officer techniques to improve your riding skills, ride more safely and enjoy riding more.

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My Riding Advice

There are some good tips here. I've been riding for 45 years. After my first accident when I was 21 (car never saw me and pulled out in front of me) I've always pretended I'm invisible - I assume no one can see me. That way you're never real surprised when people don't. Also i stay near the center of the road on straight stretches when there's no oncoming traffic - that's the time the likelihood of a threat will come from off the road and you have space on each side to react. Then drift at least 2/3 over in your lane when traffic approaches because approaching traffic then becomes the immediate threat. Good riding!

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A study in Australia and my experience has demonstrated that high visibility is the single most important defensive tactic I can employ in traffic. I have or have installed, driving lights on all of my motorcycles. With the availability of LED spot and flood lights, there is little added amperage draw on the bikes electrical system and many are small enough to mount almost anywhere. The Australian study found that when the lights were positioned in conjunction with the headlight to form a triangle, an oncoming observer could readily gauge the bikes speed and distance. One only needs to see low beam headlights wash out in bright sunshine to understand the motorcycle's need for bright, attention-getting lighting.

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sitting at traffic lights

While stopped at a light leave enough room from the car in front of you in case the person coming up behind you is not paying attention watch your mirrors if you see someone who you think is not stopping you can pull next to the car in front of you. Also when you are in a turn lane stay back you are in a blind spot someone turning from the cross road can easily cut the corner short and hit you. Ride safe fellow bikers.

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I ride with a strategy, meaning sometimes defensively, sometimes offensively, or something in between depending on traffic and road conditions. A strategy changes moment-to-moment--MSF 101.

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Vicki Sanfelipo

When Vicki Sanfelipo isn’t earning her place as a member of the Iron Butt Association, she’s also the founder and executive director of Accident Scene Management, Inc., the leading international motorcycle trauma training organization.

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