Safety Tips (1)
Follow these guidelines and drive safely
- 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, eye protection, boots and gloves best
protect you against injury in case of an accident. Be sure to wear them
every time you ride.
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
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
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.