As important as it is to have a good time on your bike, more important is the need to stay safe. If you can't stay safe, you're going to end up with a damaged bike, injuries or worse. The best way to stay safe on the road is to practice defensive riding diligently. Here's what you need to know.
What is Defensive Riding
Defensive riding is basically practicing caution on the road in order to reduce the number of dangers you encounter. This means observing your surroundings, anticipating movements of other vehicles, pedestrians and other potential objects and planing and acting accordingly.
Being defensive on the road is smart in a car, but it's essential when you're on a motorcycle. You're, for the most part, unprotected when you ride a motorcycle. Sure, you should be wearing gear, but that can only protect you so much. Practicing defensive riding is the best thing you can do to stay safe.
How to Practice It
It sounds like it would be easy to be more cautious on the road, but it really isn't. Defensive riding is a skill, and like any skill, it takes time to develop. The more you do it the better you'll get at it. So, the best way to become a better defensive rider is to get out and ride more.
Here are some things you can practice doing each and every ride:
If you follow all of these tips and ride with caution, you'll greatly reduce the likelihood of an accident.
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