13 Oct Tips For Riding A Motorcycle In Traffic
There are many things that you must be aware of when driving in traffic such as reading street signs, traffic lights and also the speed at which you are driving, not to mention the pedestrians walking across the street, looking to reach the other side of the road. There will also be drivers that irresponsibly read the morning papers or go through their phones while driving. You will not realize what the above said drivers are doing but you still need to anticipate what drivers are doing so as not to avoid accidents.
Since there riding through traffic can often be a daunting and hectic task, here are some tips and advice that will help you make the task a lot less hectic than it should be.
It is essential never to position yourself between a vehicle and an offramp since there are many that decide to exit in the blink of an eye and hence, put many vehicles at risk. Although riding on the right is generally not recommended, the only way to avoid being positioned between an offramp and a vehicle is to ride on the right when you’re closing in on an exit.
2. Anticipate the driver’s next move
In order to anticipate sudden moves and where the driver will go next, you need to regularly keep note of where the driver is looking or their head movements through their windows and mirrors as drivers more often than not, look towards the direction they are looking to turn.
Mirrors are a great way to monitor the traffic behind you, but the truth is, they do not provide all the required information. While they can be labeled a lifesaver, for the most part, you will still need to glace over your shoulder after you have checked the mirror to get enough information.
4. Make sure they know you’re there
Wear clothes that catch other drivers’ and pedestrians’ attention quickly so that you can ensure you are being seen. To add extra assurance, you can also turn on high beam during the day but make sure to turn it off when you’re waiting at a traffic signal. You can also wear a helmet or jacket that is colored brightly.
There will be numerous situations where you have to react very fast and apply the brakes. At times like these, you need to be aware of where your brakes are and not panic. Hence, the front brakes must have a finger, and the back brakes must have at least a toe on it at all times.