Two Wheeler Safety Tips

Riding a bike is a fun, exciting and practical way to get around. It is also a risky activity. These risks can be minimized/avoided if you care to follow a few safety norms. Here are a few points that just may save you some trouble down the road.

Get in gear
A helmet protects your head, and is the only thing that keeps you from a fatal head injury. It is supposed to break on impact. Only a good quality helmet should be bought. The jaw covered is the safest.

Get insured
Make sure you and your cycle are both properly licensed before you head out. Get insured so that you and your passengers are adequately protected. And make sure you are aware of the current road conditions.

Ride smartly
Use your headlight, avoid other drivers' "blind spots," don't make rapid lane changes and be prepared to use your horn so you can be certain other drivers see you.

Ride defensively
Three-fourths of all two-wheeler accidents involve collisions with automobiles. They happen because the driver of the car did not see the two-wheeler. That is why it pays to be aware of what the other vehicle operators are doing - or might do - when you ride. Be extra aware of drivers waiting to turn left across your path at intersections since this is the most frequent problem.

Keep your distance
Don't ever stop directly behind another vehicle. If you leave enough space, you'll be able to maneuver around the vehicle in front of you in case an approaching vehicle doesn't see you and can't stop in time.

Don't drink and ride
About half of fatal two-wheeler accidents involve alcohol. That is because alcohol and other drugs impair your ability to make sound judgments. So when you're drinking, let someone else do the driving.

Have your bike checked regularly
Follow the recommended service schedules for your bike and have all repairs made by an authorized dealer. What's more, always check your bike's tires suspension and controls before hitting the road.

Learn to share
Having someone on the back of your bike is a big responsibility. After all, weight has a tremendous effect on handling. So before you give someone a ride, instruct them on proper riding techniques and make sure they have appropriate protective gear.

Brakes
Remember to check your brakes every time you take your bike for a drive. Also remember to do this when you collect it from the garage. In the rainy season water goes into the shoes and brakes may not work - Drive slow. This may also happen at steep slopes -don't speed up at the slopes.

Air pressure
always remember to check the pressure in the tyres. It is especially important to keep the correct tyre pressure when going on a long drive. This helps you to travel safely on rough terrain. There is also less wear 'n' tear for both the tyres and the bike, and it gives more fuel efficiency.

How to Ride a Motorcycle at Night

Riding a motorcycle after dark takes additional skills. Here are some things to think about before you enter the darkness on two wheels.

Steps:

1. Motorists can barely see a motorcycle during the day. Expect to be nearly invisible at night unless you are riding a white bike loaded with extra lights.

2. Plan your trips to minimize night riding. As you get older you'll find that your vision may become another reason not to ride at night.

3. Ride with your low beam on at night but be ready to use the high beam to see farther down the road.

4. Try to wear reflectors on your helmet and jacket.

5. If you have loud pipes, be more sensitive of the noise level as the evening wears on.

6. Be sure to wear clothing that will keep you warm as the temperature drops.

7. Be sure to carry a cellphone and small flashlight on the bike.

8. Be wary of animals darting out in front of you, especially dogs and cats. Be prepared to stop completely if necessary to avoid being struck by dog or cat.

9. Drunk drivers will be on the road with you. Try to be ready to avoid them. Also, don't drink and ride ever.
10. Be careful rounding unfamiliar curves where loose gravel or sand may await you.

11. Avoid bad areas where residents may attempt to steal your bike or do you harm under the cover of darkness.

Tips: Wait until you become a proficient motorcycle rider during the day before you attempt to ride after dark.

Keep your bike secure- Basic Security to protect your Bike

Although bikes may seem harder to secure than cars, basic security is a must. To make life as difficult as possible for both the casual and professional thieves, make sure you do the following:-

Parking
  • During the day park in a busy, public place.
  • At night, park in a well lit area.
  • Try to vary the parking place.

Locking up
  • Always engage the steering lock.
  • Whenever possible, attach the motorcycle to an immovable object or another motorcycle, using high tension steel cable and a high quality padlock, or a U-lock through the rear wheel or bike frame.
  • Don't leave your crash helmet, or other possessions, attached to the motorcycle or in pannier bags.

Bike security
  • Fit a motorcycle alarm, available from bike shops, and make it conspicuous. An alarm warning sticker will help put off the opportunist thief.
  • Provide proof of ownership and evidence for police to use.
  • There are various methods of security marking, all inexpensive and easily available, carried out professionally by dealers.


How to Brake Properly on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles have two brakes - the front operated by the right hand, the rear operated by the right foot - and both are needed to stop effectively. Below are some important guidelines for braking safely on a motorcycle.

Steps:

1. Use both brakes each time you slow down or stop. If you use only the rear brake, you may never learn how to use the front brake properly when you need it.

2. Squeeze the front brake and press down the rear brake smoothly, gradually increasing pressure as needed. Jerking the front brake or hitting the rear brake hard can cause the brakes to lock up, resulting in skids and control problems.

3. Apply both brakes simultaneously. Many riders believe the rear brake should be applied first. On the contrary, the sooner you apply the front brake, the sooner you slow down.

4. Complete your braking before entering a turn, when possible. If you need to brake when turning, you can use the front, as well as the rear, brake, as long as the road isn't very slippery and you apply the brakes gently - you've less traction available for braking when you're leaning the bike.

Tips:
Remember the front brake provides about three-quarters of your stopping power. It's safe to use in quick stops when you apply it properly. Check your owner's manual for a detailed explanation.