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Riding a motorbike may seem thrilling and fun. The feeling of wind billowing, and your problems seemingly blown away. However, it is important that we still keep safety in mind to avoid unwanted injuries and incidents. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated 1.2 Million fatalities in 2015. This will get worse if we don’t take action.
Here is a list of tips to take note before you take your bike for a ride.
Before leaving, ensure that your bike is in good condition. A simple Checklist to note is
T-CLOCS which stands for Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis and Stands.
For automobile, the Checklist is BLOWBAG (Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Battery, Air,
Gas), but that’s another story reserved for another article.
Ensure that you have the proper gear before riding. That means no flip-flops, sleeveless shirts and shorts. Wear safety helmet, gloves, closed toe shoes, and jacket or long sleeves.
Get Your Peacock On
The problem with motorbikes is that they are so small that other drivers, such as truck
and bus drivers, just don’t see them in their side mirrors.
Just like a peacock with its colorful and eye-catching feathers, it is vital that you make yourself as visible as possible to other road users (DNews).
There are those hi-vis vest that you could wear while riding, especially during the night along streets with no street lamps.
Safe Speed and Distance
Observe speed limits and safe distancing.
Do not share a lane with another motorbiker. The only time motorbikes are parallel is in front of a traffic light (Cruz).
Road Signs and Lane Markings
Always follow traffic rules. Know what the signs and lane marking mean. They aren’t just there for design; they are placed there for a reason. (e.g. Road authorities may forecast that a blind corner is prone to accidents and place the No Overtaking Marking.)
Eyes Off the Skies
“It rhymes because it’s true.”
Focus on the road and avoid distractions. “If you've ever taken a long road trip in a car, you know how your mind drifts as you navigate the highways. But cars are more forgiving than motorcycles, and a mental vacation while you're riding might end in a pricey ambulance ride.” (Dnews)
It rhymes because it's true.
— George Xu
Be Awake and Ride Sober
Lastly, ensure that you are fully alert. Never ride when under influence. As said in the previous item, motorbikes are less forgiving when it comes to alertness.
That’s all. I hope you will keep these things in mind before enjoying riding!
Aja, Agnes U. “Yamaha riding clinic: 5 Safety tips for riding through traffic.” TopGear, 16 April 2019, https://www.topgear.com.ph/moto-sapiens/motorcycle-feature/yamaha-riding-safety-tips-a3853-20190416.
Ateneo de Manila University Alberto Hurtado Hall, 17 February 2017. Lecture.
Cruz, Cherryl Anne, et al. “How to Practice Safe Motorcycle Driving.” Carmudi Philippines, 19 Mar. 2015, www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/how-to-practice-safe-motorcycle-driving/.
DNews. “Top 10 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle.” Seeker, Seeker, 31 July 2011, www.seeker.com/top-10-ways-to-stay-safe-on-your-motorcycle-1765348573.html.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.