Welcome back motorcycle lovers! Here we are with yet another article on two-wheeler safety tips.
Two-wheeler are a better alternative to four-wheeler in a number of ways. They are cheaper, they use less gas to cover longer distances, can navigate traffic-jammed roads smoothly hence faster and require way less space for parking.
But, just because they are flexible and can be parked anywhere, two-wheeler parking can go wrong in a number of ways. To avoid being caught up with the every-day two-wheeler parking problems, here is a list of motorbike parking tips you can borrow.
Know Your Local Laws
Driving and parking laws different in various state. To avoid getting parking tickets, check out the DMV to get the most current information on what is right and what is not in your state.
Use Parking Space Wisely
Unlike four-wheelers, two-wheelers can fit in places that do not require parking fees. Utilize such areas and be careful not to use the whole parking space. Save some room for other two-wheeler users.
Avoid Parking On Hills
This can be dangerous especially if the hill you are parking on is steep. It is difficult to park safely besides the fact that you will be working against gravity. Hill parking is even more tedious when you are ready to leave and can’t get the kick stand back up.
Find Shorty Curbs
These are free spaces that are too small for cars to park in but are perfect for two-wheeler parking. You can easily spot them between driveways in homes and business premises.
Be Keen on Parking Lots
Most parking places are common for their low-lighting, poor vision and people always in a rush. You wonder why. When using these spaces, park your motorbike or scooter in their designated slots. If the slots are not there, make sure to park very far away from cars with your two-wheeler facing traffic. This is for warning drivers who may think there is an unoccupied slot .the reflectors on your scooter alerts the driver before they bump into your ride.
Observe General Etiquette
This is acquired over time. When you are not sure about what to do in a parking situation, first consider others. Find out if your parking will be a hindrance to another two-wheeler, pedestrian or a car. If yes, opt to move along and get a more convenient spot.
Make Yourself Visible
This is made possible by wearing reflective bands over your helmet or a bright colored helmet. Jackets also do come in bright colors like neon green or orange. And if you are riding at night in the dark, you can opt for glow-in-dark colors for the bands, helmets and jackets too.
The sides and back of your two-wheeler need the reflective bands too, this way you and your motor-vehicle will be easily noticeable to other road users. Be advised to steer away from well-known blind spots of vehicles, trucks and buses particularly.
Helmets protect your head from injuries which are a major cause of death. The helmet is supposed to be secure and cover your jaws completely. Putting it on is not as long as you secure the strap around your jaw, you are good to ride. In the case of pavilion riders, always get an extra helmet for them. Helmets with plastic face shields protect your eyes from wind, dust, rain, flying insects, etc. Also, if the weather is conducive, you can dress up in a leather jacket, boots and gloves to protect yourself from bruises and small injuries in case you fall.
Maintain Your Bike Religiously
Your visits to the garage for servicing should be frequent. Before taking your bike out for a ride, personally check the condition of the brakes, horn, air pressure, clutch, tyres, lights, suspension, etc. Replace worn out helmets and gloves. Even your boots when the treads have worn out. A well serviced bike will increase its fuel efficiency and reduces accident risks.
Be on the look-out for Obstacles and Road Hazards
These are not limited to oil spills, pot-holes, garbage piles, speed breakers, dirty roads, road blocks, stray animals and roads under construction. Always watch the road at all times and take the diversions provided for roads being constructed.
Well, road safety begins with you hence, It is always best to be safe than sorry, so embrace the tips above. Help ensure a safe and secure environment as a member of the Indian motorbike community.
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