March 3, 2024

7 Things Every Motorcycle Rider Should Do

Try these 7 tips to make you a safer rider.

Be safer on your bike by following these simple steps.

We don’t need to tell you that riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than travelling in a car.

Aside from not having the stability of four wheels, or the mass of a larger vehicle, or the many safety features built into modern cars, the big vulnerability that motorcyclists have to contend with is that should something go wrong they may end up on the road.

And that puts them in a very vulnerable and risky situation.

Motorcycle riders face numerous dangers on the road. These include oncoming traffic, cars
waiting to turn, panic stops, gravel on the street, opening car doors, cars changing lanes, other
drivers behind you, and inclement weather. Riding a motorcycle while intoxicated may also
increase the motorcycle rider’s chance of getting into a catastrophic accident.

So, perhaps more than any other road users, motorcyclists need to take the time and effort, and perhaps spend the money too, to give themselves the best chance of a good outcome should a great ride turn nasty.

Insurance companies have looked at their motorcycle crash data and found that perhaps not surprisingly, most motorcycle accidents happen on a weekend.

And when they do happen, chances are they are also more serious than mid-week crashes.

So, don’t get complacent just because it’s the weekend and you might be out for fun, rather than a commute.

Here’s how they recommend you prepare to stay safe on the roads:

  • Always wear an approved Australian standards helmet
  • Wear appropriate tear resistant clothing including long pants and jacket – Dress for the slide NOT for the Ride
  • Wear safety equipment covering eyes, feet and hands when riding
  • Dress to make yourself more visible – Let others know where you are
  • Ensure your pillion passenger is wearing the right safety gear
  • Always ride to the conditions
  • Take a refresher training course every couple of years to ensure your skills are up to date.

Sounds like common sense to us, but with many motorcyclists spotted riding around in t-shirts
and shorts, we wonder if the message ever really will get through. Motorcycle riders should
exercise caution when navigating the road to avoid serious crashes that can change their lives
forever. If you get into an crash, there’s a high chance you may sustain an injury or cause one
to another person. If you’re injured, you might have to pay expensive medical bills to treat your
injury or take some time off work and lose some income as a result.

On the other hand, if you caused someone’s injury because of the crash, you might be
financially liable for their medical bills and other related expenses. In that case, having
compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance coverage is essential. It’s meant to cover accident
compensation claims initiated by persons injured in a motor vehicle due to the wrongful act of
the person insured.

To find the right CTP insurance, use a CTP calculator to help you compare insurance quotes
from different insurers. This way, you can find the right one for your needs. With all that said,
keeping yourself safe is important when going for a motorcycle ride to avoid financial problems
and other unnecessary hassles.

Come and join the team at SMART Rider for a fun and informative day’s training, with practical and useful riding tips to ensure everyone has a fun and enjoyable ride.