Even with all the tools at your disposal to prevent a motorcycle accident, such as grippy tires, powerful brakes and obstruction-free vision, riding a motorcycle is still very risky. The chances of death or serious injury are much greater for you than it is for the occupant of an automobile.
The most effective tool for preventing a motorcycle accident may be your own brain. By staying alert, anticipating possible hazards and knowing how to respond to them, you may be able to avoid an accident that could send you to the hospital or the morgue.
Slippery road conditions
Precipitation can make the road slick. This can cause you to lose traction. Watch out for puddles of oil and diesel on the road, as well as manhole covers. These are extra slippery when wet, so avoid them. Make sure your motorcycle has decent tires and try to maintain sufficient stopping distance between you and other vehicles.
Left turns by cars
A collision with a car making a left turn is the most common type of motorcycle accident and one of the most dangerous. You need to be alert for a sign that a vehicle may be turning left. Look at the tires, as these will start moving first. Assess the severity level of the threat and prepare to take evasive action.
What would otherwise be a minor fender-bender can prove deadly to a motorcyclist. You can avoid this by keeping an eye on your rearview mirror to assess what is coming up behind you. Prepare to make an escape if necessary by keeping your right hand on the throttle and the bike in gear. Rather than stopping in the center of the lane, pull more to the side. If possible, position yourself between a line of cars or in front of another car to create a buffer between you and vehicles coming up from behind.