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Ready to Ride: Top Motorcycle Safety Myths, Debunked

Jun 11 2018

There are a number of ways that you can stay safe while you are riding your motorcycle. However, some of the safety tips that you have been given may not be true. There are a number of myths surrounding motorcycle safety.

Myth: Helmets do More Harm Than Good

Fact: Most places have laws that require people to wear helmets at all times while operating a motorcycle. However, some people choose not to because they believe that they will be doing more harm than good. Many believe that if they wear a helmet, then their neck will be more likely to break.

However, studies have shown that people who wear helmets while they are riding a motorcycle are significantly less likely to have a neck or head injury. A DOT-approved helmet has the ability to absorb the impact that is caused by an accident.

Myth: Helmets Make It Harder for You to See

Fact: A helmet will actually protect your eyes. It keeps debris from getting into your eyes. It also protects your eyes from the wind.

Myth: Being A Skilled Driver Can Prevent You From Getting Into An Accident

Fact: It is a good idea to get the proper training before operating a motorcycle. However, it is important to remember that being a trained rider will not necessarily stop you from getting into an accident. In fact, many people get into an accident because they are overly confident.

Myth: You Should Lay Your Bike Down If You Are Getting Ready to Crash

Fact: Accidents happen so fast, so you likely will not have time to even think about what you are going to do next. This myth comes from the belief that the closer you are to the ground, the less likely you will be to suffer serious injury. However, you may slam into a car at a higher speed if you try to lay your bike down. That is why it is best for you to stay upright and pump your brakes.

Myth: The Street is Safer Than The Freeway

Fact: People drive slower on the street than they do on the freeway. However, speed is not the only factor that determines how safe it is to travel. There are fewer hazards on the freeway than there is on the street. Motorists have to drive in heavy traffic that is only separated by a few street lines and make unexpected turns on the streets.

Driving at a higher speed does increase your risk of getting seriously injured in an accident. However, accidents are still more likely to occur on the street.

 

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