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Common Mistakes to Avoid on a Motorcycle

When it comes to riding a motorcycle, there are a few common mistakes that can put a damper on the experience. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when hitting the open road on two wheels.

1. Not using the helmet correctly

One of the most common mistakes motorcycle riders make is not using their helmet correctly. A helmet should be snugly fitted to your head and secured with straps. The chin strap should be tight enough that you can only fit one or two fingers underneath it. If your helmet is loose, it can come off during a crash and fail to protect your head.

Wearing the wrong type of helmet can also be dangerous. Make sure you choose a helmet for motorcycle riding that meets all safety standards. Wearing a bicycle or ski helmet while riding a motorcycle will not protect you adequately in the event of a crash.

2. Not carrying out good maintenance of the motorcycle

One of the most common mistakes motorcycle riders make is not keeping up with the proper maintenance of their bike. Like any vehicle, a motorcycle needs regular tune-ups and check-ups to keep running smoothly and efficiently. When you neglect basic maintenance tasks like changing the oil or checking the air pressure in the tires, it can lead to big problems down the road. Not to mention, it can void your warranty if something goes wrong. So be sure to stay on top of things and take your motorcycle in for service when needed.

3. Driving a motorcycle of an unsuitable size

One of the most common mistakes motorcycle riders make is driving a bike that is too small or too large for them. This can lead to severe problems, such as losing control of the motorcycle or being unable to reach the ground with your feet while stopping it.

It is vital to choose a motorcycle that is the right size for you. If unsure, ask a professional or take a test ride before buying. Once you have the right bike, practice riding it in different conditions to be comfortable and confident when out on the road.

4. Do not use the lights

Some riders think their lights will make them more visible to other motorists. However, this is not the case. Using your lights can actually be dangerous. When you use your lights, you are blinding oncoming traffic, making it difficult for them to see. This can result in severe injuries and accidents. So, when riding your motorcycle, do yourself and everyone else a favor by keeping your lights off. Keep it on only during the night to avoid an accident.

5. Do not make zigzagging movements

When operating a motorcycle, avoid making sudden or jerky movements. This can be dangerous both to yourself and to other road users. Instead, smooth, deliberate movements are the key to safe motorcycle operation. For example, make sure to use your signal and move smoothly into the turn. Sudden braking or acceleration can also be dangerous, so always check your surroundings before making any major speed changes. These simple tips help ensure a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone involved.

6. Carrying only one passenger

It seems like a contradiction that carrying more than one passenger would cause difficulty on our motorcycle, but—surprisingly enough—many people experience this specific situation. Passengers and large packages can make it difficult for us to maintain control of the vehicle, which overloads the weight and imbalance. So, please don’t do this if you don’t want an unbalanced ride!

7. Travel through prohibited areas

Motorcyclists must not park on the sidewalks or enter areas of transit designated just for pedestrians. This can cause problems because, as it is said, "No man's desire is toward that which deceives him." In the same way, we must stay vigilant about where it is and is not permitted for us to drive our motorcycles.

8. Do not drive too fast

It can be tempting to let loose and go fast when you are out on the open road. But speeding is one of the most dangerous things you can do on a motorcycle. Not only are you more likely to get into an accident, but if you have an accident, it is more likely to be serious.

It is essential to keep an eye on your speedometer when you are passing other vehicles. Getting caught up in the moment and going too fast is easy. But if you are going too fast, you could lose control of your motorcycle and crash into another vehicle.

Common sense is enough to avoid these common pitfalls, right? It is not so complicated. Just pay attention, and everything will be good with two wheels.