The importance of constantly improving your riding skills cannot be overemphasized. Many bikers take the mandatory course to get their license and ride for years without taking another course.
You can always become a better rider by learning tips from professionals that can improve your ability to avoid an accident.
Defensive riding serves the same purpose as like defensive driving; it makes you less likely to have accidents. Defensive riding technique focuses on improving your ability to:
- Be alert and observant
- Ride at a speed that will enable you to slow down and stop in good time
- Position yourself in the best place
- Overtake safely
- Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out maneuvers
- Wear gear that makes you easy to be seen and recognized
Protective and reflective motorcycle gear is a must for night riding. You should always wear:
- An approved helmet that fits securely
- Protective clothing; jacket, trousers and boots. Wear something fluorescent during the day and reflective at night.
Keep in mind that there are four steps in the response process:
- Decision to react
The goal is to help the driver to use less time to move through the recognition process. The question is: what’s the best way to be easily recognizable on the road? Answer: Use the colors that make drivers take evasive action.
Drivers are accustomed to seeing the colors red and white in railroad crossings. The color white is highly reflective, in fact it is five times more than red, but red is used to represent danger and signals the need to stop.