Resuming 6 Motorcycle Safety Myths for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue revealing the facts behind some of the most common misconceptions about motorcycle safety.
More Motorcycle Safety Myths You Shouldn’t Buy Into…
Myth 4 – Drinking one or two beers before riding isn’t dangerous.
Fact – False! Having a few drinks before riding can significantly increase your risk of getting into an accident – and, if you do get into an accident, the risk that the collision will be far more serious. This is because, even after drinking just a few alcoholic beverages, people’s perception, judgment and reactions times are all impaired.
What’s more is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that:
- More than 40 percent of riders who die in single-vehicle, fatal motorcycle accidents had BACs of 0.08 or greater at the time of the accident.
- About 29 percent of riders who died in fatal motorcycle accidents in 2012 were alcohol impaired at the time of the crash.
- Having BACs of 0.08 or greater can quadruple riders’ risk of collision (at the very least).
Myth 5 – Riding on streets is safer than riding on interstates.
Fact – Wrong again! City streets tend to present far more hazards and risks to riders. For instance, when riding on city streets, riders have to deal with/navigate intersections, where the regularly changing driving conditions can mean that some motorists aren’t paying attention to riders. In contrast, riding on highways – where all motorists are going relatively the same speed and the flow of traffic is relatively consistent can present far less risks to riders.
All of this goes to say that riders should not assume they are safer on city streets and that, therefore, they don’t need to pay as much attention.
Myth 6 – Lay it down if you are going to crash.
Fact – Not necessarily! While there may be rare times that laying a bike down can be the best crash avoidance move, generally, it can present greater risks to riders – especially if they are going at higher speeds and/or other vehicles may be involved.
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