As Kentucky moves into the summer months, riders are firing up their bikes and acknowledging the risk: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chance of death after a crash with a motorcycle is 27 times greater than with an ordinary car.
Unfortunately, some of those fatalities may have occurred because the motorcyclist was driving solo and did not benefit from immediate care from a riding group. Forbes offers some advice to lone riders to protect themselves, increase their odds of survival after an accident after an accident and, hopefully, avoid a crash altogether.
Practice advanced techniques
Motorcycle riders share an understanding that handling a bike takes a lot more skill than sitting behind the wheel of a car. Beginners are wise to stick to group riding until they are confident in their abilities to manage their motorcycles. Experienced bikers can help with practice in adverse riding conditions, including rain, ice and bumpy roads or with rudimentary skills such as lifting a fallen motorcycle.
Increase road awareness
Solo riders do not have the advantage of many eyes watching for hazards, so they need to be extra alert. In addition to traffic situations or sudden obstacles, solo bikers should focus on the shape and direction of the street itself; turns can be deadly if riders miscalculate their speeds. Also, choosing a destination beforehand can help minimize distraction and indecision, leaving riders with more mental power to focus on the road.
Communicate with others
Before setting out for a solo journey, bikers can add some safety insurance by informing the family they live with or other friends of where they are going and when they expect to arrive. This could help raise the red flag sooner if you do not reach your destination. Finally, motorcyclists should carry with them a written alert that includes their name, address, insurance, emergency contacts, special medical instructions, and their government ID in case they cannot communicate after a crash.