The Danger of Summer Motorcycling
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A grim reminder:
For motorcyclists, summer is the time of the year in which you can savor extended daylight and get out and log some miles on your motorcycle. Though with an increase of traffic on the road, accidents are bound to happen, it’s the law of averages plain and simple. I just typed in “motorcycle crash
” under the news tab in Google and was surprised to see pages upon pages of motorcycle crashes, many of them fatal, all within the last 24 hours.
And these accidents aren’t limited to just one region of the country or genre of motorcycle. While none of us ever think we’ll be in a street bike accident, the randomness of it proves that in fact it can happen to any of us. That’s why when you’re out riding not only is it important to wear proper safety gear but to always pay attention to what’s going around you. For instance, there is a myriad of stoplights where I live in Huntington Beach, California. And quite often someone will run a red light—I’ve seen it many times.
That’s why before moving forward through an intersection I always look both ways, even if the light is green. Another example is when a car in front of me is turning left, I try to move over in the lane and get as far away from them as possible while flashing my headlight, in order to make sure that they can better see me. It’s little things like this that can help you reduce your chances of being another statistic this summer. Stay smart and ride safe…
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