Safety Tips for Older New Motorcyclists in Austin
Courtesy of ConsumerReports.org, older riders are taking up riding motorcycles in increasing numbers. Seniors are reliving their youth in some cases, but in others they are new to motorcycling and discovering that riding is not only fun but money-saving thanks to the price of gas these days. Unfortunately, with age come poorer vision, more brittle bones, and slower reflexes. Motorcyclists age 60 and over are three times more likely after a motorcycle accident to require hospitalization according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, it is possible to enjoy a lifetime of riding without an accident.
The following safety tips are offered for older riders but apply to most:
- Avoid excessive speed. According to the IIHS, in 2010, 48 percent of deaths in motorcycle accidents involved excessive speed.
- Purchase a bike you can handle safely. Many first-time riders are shocked at the performance of today’s motorcycles. Also, the bike must fit you. Both feet should rest comfortably flat on the ground when you are seated.
- Buy a motorcycle equipped with anti-lock brakes. Bikes with ABS were 37 percent less likely to be involved in fatal crashes according to IIHS data.
- Enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) safety riding course. You will learn advanced techniques and emergency maneuvers.
- Wear a helmet. Helmets save lives in motorcycle accidents by helping to prevent potential trauma to the brain.
- Wear gear designed to protect you in case you go down.
- Ride defensively. Drivers of automobiles were at fault in 60 percent of crashes between cars and motorcycles according to a recent study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
- Do not ride in bad weather and be alert for road hazards.
These tips were brought to you by Ray King, “The Motorcycle Attorney,” at the King Law Firm. If you become involved in an injury accident that was caused by another’s negligence, contact Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King. Please call (512) 375-4455 for a free consultation.