Points to Keep in Mind While Riding Your New Bike
Let us have a look at some safety tips to avoid any consequence that may disrupt the riding experience:
Ride What You Can Handle
Do not buy a two-wheeler based on its appearance. Instead, buy a two-wheeler, which will be easy to drive and easily handled by you. Besides, it is essential to consider whether you require a bike or a scooter. However, today, bikes are a preferred choice over scooters. Today, plenty of options in the market offer different models and mileage. Buy a two-wheeler, which gives you comfort, suits your physical capacity, and is within your budget.
Invest in a Good Helmet
While buying a two-wheeler, it is essential to invest in a helmet, as it will protect your head from any injury/damage. Buy a helmet with ISI certification. Besides, while purchasing the helmet, ensure it covers your face with the jaws. If you have a pillion rider, buy a helmet for them. Moreover, in India, it is now a mandate to wear a helmet for the one riding the bike as well as the pillion rider. Also, ensure that the helmet does have a visor shield to protect your eyes against wind, dust, rain, etc.
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Visibility is Important
No matter how big your bike looks, it appears to be small when it is on the roads. Therefore, the rider and bike need to be visible to the drivers of other vehicles. For instance, one may have reflective bands over the helmet, or the helmet could be of some bright color. Besides, to increase the chances of visibility, have reflective bands either on the side or back of the two-wheeler. The riders must take an extra while driving at night or on highways. Stay away from the blind spots of vehicles, trucks and other heavy commercial vehicle.
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Pick Comfortable Safety Gears
It is important to wear adequate safety gear, for instance, elbow guards, jackets, etc., before heading towards the desired destination. If you love going on road trips on a two-wheeler, you should not neglect this at any cost. It might get hot, specifically during the summers, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Having the riding gear on, you can avoid perils and expenses, which may incurred later. Besides, if any female is on the two-wheeler, it is better to take care of the dupattas/stoles so that they cannot be stuck into the wheels of the two-wheeler, which may lead to severe accidents.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before purchasing a new bike, you might have often practiced on your friend’s bike. However, will it be enough? It would be best to practice in your new motorcycle on service roads or in an open area to find the right balance between your accelerator, brake, clutch, and gear. It will be wise not to take your bike on the highways until you are 100% confident & comfortable with it.
Buy Two-wheeler Insurance Online
Buying two-wheeler insurance is one worthy investment. If you meet with an accident causing any damage/loss, comprehensive two-wheeler insurance will rescue you and secure you against any incurred fiscal cost. Moreover, in India, third-party 2-wheeler insurance is a mandate.
Do not Ride under Bad Weather Conditions
It is better to avoid riding a two-wheeler under bad weather conditions, specifically while it is raining or strong winds. One may meet with an accident under turbulent weather conditions. While driving in a rainy season or during foggy weather, other vehicle riders might not be able to see you, so riders may have anti-reflective stickers on the helmets, or they can turn the headlights or indicators on of the two-wheelers.
Check Your Bike Before You Go on Ride
Make it a thumb to check your two-wheeler before you gear the wheels. Besides, get your two-wheeler serviced at regular intervals from recognized service centres. Look out for the condition of the brakes, air pressure, clutch, and so on. The better the condition of the two-wheeler, the better the fuel efficiency, which may also decrease the risk of accidents/mishaps. Moreover, adjust rear-view mirrors as they act as guides while you are on the road.
Obey Traffic Rules
Follow the traffic rules and do not try to break them intentionally. Traffic rules have been designed to cater to the safety interests of the people. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a BIG NO. Besides, do not over-speed or try to overtake. You might be in a hurry; a two-wheeler can be replaced, but your life cannot; it is precious.
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Quickies for Safe Riding
- If driving during the night while on a trip, avoid eating heavy food, as you might feel sleepy.
- Ensure the working of the brake and taillights.
- Ride within the limit of your two-wheeler. While taking a turn, look first and always use an indicator.
- Do not ride a two-wheeler with more than one pillion rider.
- Maintain a safe distance from vehicles to move around.
- Be aware of the things around your surroundings.
- Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
- Avoid taking overtakes on junctions, pedestrian crossings, and sharp turns.
- Give way to the pedestrians.
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Summing it up!
Riding safely on the roads does not mean you must compromise much on the thrill aspect of riding a two-wheeler. To enjoy the thrill and ensure the safety of yourself and others, follow the tips mentioned above and avoid getting into hassles or accidents. The rule is simple: you must manage the odds and determine what is best for you. Besides, invest a few minutes, buy two-wheeler insurance online, and secure yourself from any financial loss in case of an accident.
Ride Sensibly and Responsibly!
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