Health Tip: Heeding Motorcycle Safety

(HealthDay News) –In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says.

The council offers these suggestions for safer riding:

  • Always wear a full-coverage helmet.
  • Choose a bike that fits you.
  • Invest in antilock brakes.
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road.
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill than riding alone.
  • Never drink and operate your motorcycle.
  • Drive defensively, particularly in intersections — where half of all collisions occur.
  • Watch for hazards, such as potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel.
  • Assume it is difficult for other drivers to see you.
  • Use headlights all the time.
  • Be courteous and do not drive recklessly.
  • Don’t speed.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing and boots that cover the ankles.
  • Wear goggles, glasses or use a ventilated face shield.

Source: HealthDay

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