A frightening recent statistic shows that Tennessee is not only at the top of the national list for distracted driving deaths, its death count is twice as high! For a motorcyclist, the most vulnerable of the road’s drivers, practicing safe driving techniques is one of the most proactive things you can do to alert vehicle drivers to your presence and be your own safety advocate.
At the same time, motorcyclists have their own alarming accident statistics, including that roughly 66% of motorcycle crashes are due to riders’ errors. A few examples include over-braking or rounding a curve at a high speed.
At the risk of sharing common sense tips, we thought it appropriate to point out ways motorcyclists can prioritize their safety, minimize potential injuries, and follow Tennessee laws.
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Safe Driving Techniques for Motorcyclists:
- Turn your headlights on during the day.
- Use your turning signals.
- Practice braking in various situations.
- Check your mirrors and blind spots.
- Other important reminders.
Turn On Your Headlights During the Day
Before you ever hit the pavement, make it a habit to turn on your headlight. The light provides you with more visibility, even in daylight. And riding with your headlight is actually required by law [TCA 55-8-182].
Use Your Turn Signals
Because your motorcycle’s size can make judging your speed and intentions on the road difficult for other motorists, use your signals for both turns and changing lanes. Think of it as a courtesy to both conscientious and distracted drivers alike.
Practice Braking in Various Situations
Whether the road conditions are dry or wet, or the terrain is straight or curved, know your motorcycle’s brakes and the ways you may need to compensate based on the conditions. On that note, it can’t be stressed enough to put adequate space between yourself and other motorists in the event that either of you pumps the brakes.
Check Your Mirrors & Blind Spots
When you think you’re aware of your surroundings thanks to your peripheral vision, it can be tempting to not double check your mirrors – or your blind spots – before merging into another lane.
Remember that you are more exposed than motorists; always check your mirrors and look over your shoulder before changing position on the road.
Other Important Reminders
Of course, there are several other precautions you can take before you ever start your bike! Doing the following could save your life:
- Wear a safety helmet and appropriate clothing. In Tennessee, wearing a helmet is required by law [TCA 55-9-302]; those that are DOT-compliant include CSPM, SNELL, and SIRC. Riding gear such as gloves, leather and reinforced jackets, pants, and boots are best.
- Wear sunglasses or proper eye protection. Unless your motorcycle has a windshield, you must wear protection for your eyes by law [TCA 55-9-304].
- Watch the road. Recognizing loose gravel, paint lines that could be slick, and taking it slow around curves are simple observations you can make to protect yourself while riding your motorcycle. Riding safe and erring on the side of caution will both work to your benefit.
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