Do you believe everything you hear? Many people do, which can lead them to come to incorrect assumptions—causing them to believe lies over truths. Instead of believing popular statements about motorcycles, motorcyclists need to look into the facts. Unfortunately, believing some of these misconceptions can cause motorcyclists harm, which is why riders need to learn the truth to combat these potentially dangerous myths.
Dangerous Misconceptions That Affect Riding Safety Decisions
Motorcyclists wear black leather to look cool.
Fact: Wearing leather pants, jackets, gloves and boots helps riders stay safe in the event of an accident. Leather has been proven to be the best protective clothing a rider can wear, and black leather is the most popular color riders can find in stores.
Tip: Don’t forgo the leather safety gear so that you don’t look like you are trying to look cool.
Motorcyclists will eventually suffer serious injuries or get killed in a motorcycle crash.
Fact: Not every person who rides a motorcycle will be involved in a crash. There are many bikers who have been riding for decades and have never been injured or involved in a motorcycle accident. While it is more dangerous to ride a bike than drive a car, it doesn’t mean that everyone who rides a motorcycle will crash.
Tip: Take a motorcycle safety course to learn how to ride properly, which will reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
Motorcycles with conventional brakes can stop faster than those with anti-lock brakes.
Fact: Several studies have proven that motorcyclists can stop in less distance with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) than with conventional brakes. ABS helps prevent skids and gives the operator more steering control while braking.
Tip: Motorcyclists should have ABS brakes on their bikes to help avoid locking up in a panic stop.
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