Rider Safety - Defensive Riding

back Defensive Driving

Defensive riding is designed to heighten your awareness of everything happening around you while riding. If you start developing these habits early and realize that every time you get on a bike there is risk involved, you increase your chances that you won't be involved in a collision.

Start practicing now by checking your mirrors constantly including lifesaver if necessary. Always be aware of what is on your right, your left and behind you.

Check the road ahead. What is on the horizon, what is happening in front of the car ahead of you. Learn to make eye to eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians. That way you know they see you. Look at the front wheels of the cars parked on the side of the road. If you see a car with the wheels turned to the right, smoke from exhaust or the lights on  is it going to suddenly pull out?

Defensive riding is like learning an art like karate. We learn this art not to punch others or show them how superior we are but to defend ourselves.  When you ride a bike always ask what can go wrong? what cannot go wrong? what could reasonably happen? You may had the priority but the other driver could not only take your right of way but also your life. It is better to arrive late than not arrive at all!! If you assess the situation constantly, you will be a safer rider for life.



I= Infection? No, M= Medication? No, S=Sleep? Yes, A=Alcohol? No, F= Food? Yes, E= Emotions? No

If any of the answer is different from above, you should not  ride. Remember the code I'M SAFE

You're not at your best if you are ill or very tired. try to avoid riding when you are not feeling well, and plan long trips carefully to provide time for rest stops every couple of hours. If you begin to feel tired, stop for a cup of coffee or tea. Don't ride at all if you are very tired, tiredness can kill.

Remember also that medicines may affect your riding ability. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about any medication you are taking.