Most of us have already been warned of the dangers of texting while driving and its role in devastating road accidents. But less attention is given to texting while on a motorcycle, despite the fact that it is just as likely to lead to serious injuries and, potentially, death.
To most people, the idea of riding a motorcycle with one or both hands off the handlebars is a clear recipe for an accident. But with the recent trend of viral videos depicting motorcyclists texting and riding at highway speeds, it has become apparent that many motorcyclists are not appropriately prioritizing safety. Not only is texting and riding a matter of personal safety, but road accidents put other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Don’t go viral
In today’s social media age, a viral video is almost its own currency. Therefore, more and more people have been engaging in unsafe or otherwise inadvisable activities in the hopes of attracting online attention and acclaim. Motorcyclists are among them, texting and filming themselves on the road despite the obvious safety concerns.
Videos of motorcyclists texting while riding may deliver the right amount of shock value to go viral, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth endangering yourself and other people on the road. Distracted riding could result in you crashing the motorcycle, colliding with a car, or even injuring a pedestrian. The consequences of that are certainly not worth a few moments of virtual fame.
Put down your phone and put on your Bluetooth helmet
If you desperately need to use your phone while riding your motorcycle, there is a safer option than biking with one hand. There are a variety of helmets with Bluetooth access, which allow you to use your phone hands-free on the road. These Bluetooth helmets are easy to find and easy to use for bikers who need the ability to communicate while riding.
In addition to Bluetooth helmets, all bikers should outfit themselves with the proper gear to promote road safety. Padding and visible clothing are among the many safety accessories for motorcyclists. A simple online search can help you find the perfect safety equipment for your needs on the road.