Published on February 21st, 2019
Motorcycles are a hip way to get around town. They are smaller, easier to maintain, and require less gas than most cars. This makes them a great choice for those looking to be able to get around for cheaper (and in a more stylish ride).
But, they are also dangerous if you aren’t careful. It’s easy to get injured or ruin your bike because of some small mistake or on-road hazard. Motorcycles really help boost confidence in some, but they can also lead to reckless driving. Cyclists tend to put themselves into riskier driving situations just because they feel empowered by their bikes.
Nothing wrong with a little confidence, but safety should come first. So, before you buy your first bike, here are 4 reasons to remember why motorcycles are so dangerous.
1. Lack Of Bike Safety Features
Besides providing limited protection like in a car, not all bikes are held to the same standards. This means that some will have better safety features than others. If you are in the market for a new bike, make sure you check if it has airbags. If there are no airbags on a bicycle, and you’re an inexperienced driver, it is not the bike for you.
Of course, when you are taking your bike out on the road, you need to check it carefully beforehand. Tire pressure, tread depth, all your breaks, signals and headlights, and fluid levels. All these things are extremely important for insuring that you have the safest ride possible.
If something goes wrong with your bike, such as a flat tire or an engine problem, it’s a lot harder to deal with than with a traditional vehicle. The motorbike is usually too small to carry an extra wheel and is also more vulnerable to weather/climate changes.
2. Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is absolutely illegal and should never be acceptable. But some people don’t listen to laws. They care more about themselves than others around them. Riding a motorcycle, through no fault of your own, puts you in more danger of drunk drivers. Drunk drivers tend not to see motorcycles, even if you are using all the correct signals and have your lights on.
On the other side, if you are someone who drives under the influence (which should immediately stop), riding a motorcycle is almost like signing a death wish. Motorcyclists are 2x more likely to be killed in single-vehicle crashes when they are alcohol-impaired compared to drivers of cars.
3. Weather Conditions
Weather is important to notice no matter what type of vehicle you are driving, but it’s especially important for motor cycle drivers.
If you are riding a motorcycle, feeling the wind all around you is part of the appeal. But the downside is being directly exposed to rainstorms, snowstorms, and every bad weather scenario that come in between.
A quick check at the weather app or local news station will inform you if it’s a good day to ride your bike. You don’t want to ruin your bike in bad weather or get into an accident.
Of course, the roads aren’t just occupied by other bikers. Most people drive cars, and not all hit the roads with caution in mind. Drivers can be rude and have no care for the others. This applies to both bikers and drivers. But bikers have to be more cautious because a car can easily destroy a bike and its rider.
Understanding the danger that motorcycles bring will make you more prepared to ride one. You can take your license-training course seriously, and always keep in mind how important it is not to drive recklessly.