If you ask a motorcyclist why they ride, it is no surprise to get the answer that there is no other feeling in the world. Riding a motorcycle can give you a sense of freedom, happiness, and exhilaration that you simply may not feel with any other vehicle while on the road. On the other hand, motorcycles present some dangers and risks of injury that cars and other vehicles do not. The unique experience of riding a motorcycle can come at a large price, if the rider is unprepared and/or not careful. Florida law requires all new motorcycle riders to earn a Motorcycle Endorsement before getting on the road by first completing a rider safety training course. Although the training course may provide a solid foundation to start off, maintaining a calm, focused, and safe approach to every ride will prevent common mistakes that lead to crashes and injuries. Here is a list of ways to avoid motorcycle accidents and keep the experience enjoyable:
- Always watch out for any hazards in the road, such as potholes, puddles, cones, gravel patches, and large branches.
- Be cautious and provide space for a car in front of you approaching an intersection to turn.
- Do not speed through turns.
- Do not ride after consuming alcohol.
- Use appropriate and reflective motorcycle safety gear, especially a helmet (According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in a crash while not wearing a helmet, 37 would have survived if they had been wearing a helmet).