One of the best parts of being a confident motorcycle rider is getting up to high speeds to dodge and weave between cars on the freeway. However, if you’re still learning to ride a motorcycle, riding on the highway can seem especially daunting.
Riding a motorcycle at highway speed requires increased focus and safety measures, especially for beginners. But don’t let that stop you from taking your bike out on the open road. In fact, biking on the highway eliminates certain safety risks like cross-traffic. However, making a mistake on the highway can result in much more serious damage. Here are our top tips for beginners who want to ride safely on the highway.
Rev it up, but safely
There are a few key things to think about when getting up to highway speed on your motorcycle, and the first is defensive driving. Defensive driving is any driving meant to protect the driver and/or save lives, and emphasizes a focus on the blind spots of other vehicles and avoiding obstacles. Though motorcycles are more vulnerable than cars on the road, they are also more maneuverable. Therefore, it’s easier to react and escape more quickly if you run into an obstacle or a sudden traffic incident. Making sure you always have an escape plan can be a lifesaver if the car in front of you slams on their breaks unexpectedly.
The next thing to consider is safety gear. You should, of course, be wearing a helmet when riding on the highway. We specifically recommend a helmet with face protection to keep you safe from rocks, bugs, and the errant cigarette butt that will be flying your way on the road. Additionally, you may want to think about legal lane splitting. Lane splitting is the practice of riding a motorcycle on the dividing line between lanes, helping motorcyclists navigate slow traffic. Contrary to many peoples’ instinct, it is actually safer to be riding faster than the traffic around you. However, you should make sure to give yourself space and keep your following distance long. This will help protect you if the car ahead of you suddenly stops or swerves.
The last thing to remember when riding your motorcycle on the highway is the time of day. Night riding is even less safe, so we’d recommend only taking on that challenge when you’ve gained more experience. If you’re new to biking on the highway, it’s best to start during the day and keep your highway rides to the daylight hours.
What if you can’t avoid an accident
While these tips can help you increase your safety and decrease risk while riding on the highway, there is no perfect solution to preventing road accidents. A motorcyclist can do everything right and still find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and motorcycle accidents can be devastating for the rider.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Inland Empire Motorcycle Law is staffed by experienced motorcycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino, who also ride. Inland Empire Motorcycle Law is an excellent resource as motorcycle laws differ from other automotive laws. Visit our website for more information on motorcycle accident injuries, biker’s rights and motorcycle safety questions such as: are loud motorcycles safer?