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4 tips if you get caught in the rain on your motorcycle

No one wants to ride a motorcycle through a rainstorm, but life happens. It's possible that you will get caught in the rain when you least expect it. When this happens, you need to know how to ride safely. Here are some tips that can help:

Drive as smoothly as you can. Remember that your bike will not grip the road as well as it usually does. Take it easy when you have to hit the brakes or push the throttle.

Beware the dangers of aftermarket motorcycle modifications

One perk of owning a motorcycle is the freedom to modify your vehicle with aftermarket parts. Many motorcyclists in Wilson and across the country enjoy customizing their bikes. However, there is a downside to aftermarket motorcycle modifications that you may not know about. 

Motorcycle accidents do not always occur due to negligent drivers and hazardous road and weather conditions. Some incidents are the result of unsafe vehicle modifications. Before you add new features and aftermarket parts to your motorcycle, consider the following information: 

5 different types of serious head injuries

Even with airbags and seat belts, you could suffer some serious head injuries in a motor vehicle accident. It is important to understand exactly what these injuries look like, what treatment is needed and what prospects you have for a full recovery.

Here are five different types of head injuries:

7 tips for those who are first on the scene of a motorcycle crash

You're riding a motorcycle about 100 yards behind your spouse when a car pulls out in front of their bike. You watch in horror as your spouse slams into the car and lands on the pavement.

Naturally, you are first on the scene. What do you do now? You have never been in this situation before. Here are a few tips showing what steps you should take:

  1. Remain calm. This is a dire situation, but you need to stay calm and collected so that you can help.
  2. Make sure the scene is safe. There are many risks, such as a secondary accident caused by another driver.
  3. Check on your spouse, trying to assess their condition. Treat even apparently minor injuries as serious.
  4. Call 911 or ask someone else to do so; other drivers are likely stopping at the scene.
  5. Do not take off your spouse's helmet. Doing so feels natural, but it can make head and neck injuries much worse. Leave it on unless it is absolutely necessary to remove it.
  6. Do not move your spouse. This can be especially dangerous with spine injuries. Again, unless it is absolutely necessary, leave him or her in the same position while rendering what aid you can.
  7. When the paramedics arrive at the crash site, step aside and let them do their job. Even if you have good intentions, they need a clear space to work. They are professionals. Trust them.

How you can live through a serious car accident

Car accidents happen very suddenly, and you may not have much time to react. However, you do not just have to rely on luck to get through. There are steps you can take to actively increase the odds that you survive the incident.

First off, you should always wear your seat belt and wear it properly. Do not tuck it under your arm. Do not connect it behind your back to shut off the warning sensor. Seat belts are simple, but they drastically improve your chances of survival.

Will electric motorcycles increase risks?

Motorcyclists already face a lot of risks. Their small vehicles are hard to see, they frequently get cut off by other drivers and they have very little protection in the event of an accident.

More and more vehicles are moving toward electric power, as the supply of fossil fuels is finite. Will electric motorcycles keep riders safe, or will they actually increase the risks on the road?

Who are the worst drivers in America?

As you hear about motor vehicle accidents and face the risk every day on the road, do you ever wonder who is most responsible for all these tragedies and damage? The answer depends on what driver characteristic you are looking at. There is no single demographic who is worse than everyone else.

Knowing which traits affect driving the most can help you avoid dangerous motorists.

Speed variance and car accidents

Speeding can cause car accidents, but did you know that there is an even more important factor to consider? It is speed variance, or the difference in speed between two vehicles. Some reports say that this causes more accidents than speeding itself.

This is often used as a reason why slow traffic should stay to the right, allowing faster traffic to go by on the left. The fact that that left-lane traffic is moving quickly is not necessarily the problem in its own right. The problem is that it is moving faster than the other traffic.

What should you do if you see a wrong-way driver?

You're heading down the interstate in North Carolina, on a relatively empty stretch of highway, when you see a pair of headlights coming toward you. It's a wrong-way driver. The distance is closing very quickly and you only have a split second to react. What should you do?

Of course, your best move is to get off of the road entirely. Though that person is on the wrong side of the highway, odds are he or she will still stay on the pavement. But which way do you go, left or right? Experts say that you are best off to swerve toward the shoulder on the right side of the road.

Semi-trucks take twice as long to stop as cars

You have probably heard people say that many train accidents cannot be avoided, at least not by those on the train. This is because some trains take over a mile to stop. If a car gets stuck on the tracks in front of it, they simply can't stop before a collision.

To a lesser degree, semi-trucks face the same problem. They have very long stopping distances, compared to cars. This can lead to accidents if a driver does not react quickly enough or does not leave enough room between the truck and the next car. For instance, a driver who does not detect that traffic stopped ahead of the truck until the last second may slam on the brakes and still rear-end a vehicle in the road.

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