Motorcycle Safety Tips and Accident Stats [Infographic]
Everyone should be careful while driving—but motorcyclists need to take extra precautions. Distracted drivers, inclement weather, and wearing improper riding gear are just some of factors that can lead to serious or even fatal accidents. In fact, there were nearly 5,000 motorcycle related deaths in 2015.
Keep yourself protected so that you can ride the open road for years to come. This motorcycle safety infographic outlines some alarming stats as well as everything you need to know to make sure you don't become one of the numbers. Share it with a buddy.
An Introduction to Motorcycle Safety
In 2009, there were 8.0 million registered motorcycles on US roads.
- The number of deaths between 2009 and 2010 increased by nearly 1%
- Many fatal crashes involved a driver who didn’t have a legal license
- A large percentage of accidents were the result of speeding.
- Supersport motorcycles cause nearly 4x as many deaths as regular motorcycles do.
Motorcycle Safety Gear:
For maximum protection, wear a full face helmet.
Reflective material will make you morevisible on the road, especially at night.
JACKETS, PANTS, RIDING SUITS
Wearing jackets, pants, and riding suits will provide comfort and protection during inclement weather conditions. The material should be thick enough to help reduce abrasions.
Gloves aren’t just a fashion statement. They keep your hands and fingers safe from cuts and blisters and they also improve your grip. Be sure to choose gloves that fit well so that they don’t get in the way while you’re driving. For colder weather, consider heated gloves.
No sandals or tennies while you’re on your hog. Always wear motorcycle boots that protect your foot and ankle in order to help prevent injury. They should also have good grip so that your feet don’t slip.
Motorcycle Safety Rules:
- Wear the appropriate gear.
- Add reflective tape to improve visibilty.
- Signal your turns to other drivers.
- If you’re afraid another driver doesn’t see you, honk. Don’t be shy.
- Abide by road rules and speed limits.
- Don’t cut in front of traffic.
- Never drive drunk.
- When in traffic, maintain a safe distance from other cars.