If you give a motorcycle a break by braking, you are doing more than offering courtesy. You may be saving a life. When a motorcycle is involved in a traffic accident, the bike's driver and any passengers are at far more risk for injury or death than the occupants of a car or truck.
Anyone who has seen a brick or piece of lumber lodged in a windshield has received a lesson in following too close behind an unsecured load. Heavy trucks and construction vehicles can cause road hazards, and drivers should always leave enough distance to stop before they are struck by them.
Accidental collisions with motorcycles are often disastrous but also understandable. Bikes have half the visible profile of cars and less protection for the person or people on it. A careless or distracted driver could be the end of a biker. However, not all motorcycle wrecks involve other vehicles.
The open roads and many scenic vistas in North Carolina make the state very attractive to drivers of all kinds. Nothing quite beats a motorcycle as the way to get around the natural beauty of the Tar Heel State.
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:
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.
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.
You have never enjoyed wearing a helmet on a motorcycle. Before moving to North Carolina, you lived in a state where helmets were optional. You usually opted not to wear it and never had a problem, so now you're wondering if you can make the same decision in North Carolina.
If you just look at the overall statistics, motorcycle accidents do not happen as often as car accidents. Injuries and fatalities, predictably, are also lower for motorcycles.
If you ask the average person if it's more dangerous to ride in a car or ride a motorcycle, he or she is likely going to pick the motorcycle. They have a reputation not just for fast top speeds and excitement, but for increasing the odds that a person will be injured or killed in an accident. Is this reputation warranted?