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Staying safe on solo motorcycle rides

Embarking on a solo motorcycle ride can be a highly satisfying experience. Motorcycle enthusiasts are naturally attracted to the freedom and adventure that the open road provides. However, it is crucial to prioritize safety, plan your itinerary thoroughly and be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances before you set out.

When riding a motorcycle, you must always be aware of your surroundings and be mindful of other vehicles on the road to better ensure your safety. By doing so, you can enjoy the freedom that comes with traveling alone, and better ensure that you are well-equipped for the journey ahead.

Safety tips for solo riders

Motorcycle riders are eight times more likely than automobile drivers to be harmed in an accident and 35 times more likely to be killed in one, according to figures from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The following are some precautions you can take to make sure you stay as safe as you can when riding solo:

  • Let someone know your travel plans. While it can be tempting to ride wherever the road takes you, it’s important to be mindful of the risks involved if nobody knows your whereabouts.
  • Create a small sheet of paper and label it “In the Event of a Crash” to ensure that anyone who finds you following an accident will know what to do. Keep it with you at all times, along with your driver’s license.
  • When taking corners, it’s best to be cautious, particularly when riding alone. In a group, you can follow the lead of someone who is familiar with the route and aware of potential hazards. But when you’re on your own, it’s up to you alone to navigate corners safely, especially in heavy traffic.

With all of this said, despite taking precautions, accidents can happen. If you are in an accident, accept help from paramedics and allow them to transport you to the hospital so a physician can assess your injuries. Then, seek assistance from someone who can help you recover your losses and medical expenses from at-fault parties.