Being a part of the motorcycling community means you are going to meet a lot of people, hear a lot of stories, and get lots of tips. However, some of these tips may not be as helpful as they are intended to be. It’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the attorneys who ride at the Metier Law Firm are going to play mythbusters so you can spot motorcycle myths that can put you in danger.
The Motorcycle Myths that Are Putting You in Danger
- Loud Pipes Save Lives– This myth has been around for a long time. It tells riders that the louder their motorcycles, the more likely drivers are to notice them, but there’s a problem. The noise from motorcycles tends to project backwards, which means drivers ahead of you won’t be warned that there’s a motorcycle nearby. There have also been no studies that confirm this myth.
- Young Inexperienced Motorcycle Riders Have a Higher Risk for Injury or Death– Being young and inexperienced is one of the top risks for being involved in a fatal car accident, but that’s not true for motorcyclists. The fact is, young riders are in the minority when it comes to motorcycle crash fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riders age 40-55 years old make up the largest portion of riders killed in a motorcycle traffic collisions.
- If You’re Going to Crash, Lay Your Bike Down– This isn’t a good rule to live by when it comes to motorcycling. First of all, most crashes happen too fast for you to consider your options and act on them. Second, pre-crashing your motorcycle before you crash increases your odds of being injured by making you deal with two crashes instead of just one. Shedding as much speed as you can while staying upright is considered the way to go, but every crash is unique. So, train yourself on what to do in crash situations so you can respond without having to think about what to do.
There are even more motorcycle myths out there that could leave you in a sticky situation. So, keep checking our blog to find out more about them. You can also take a Colorado MOST class, to learn even more about safe riding techniques that will help you ride safer.