24 Apr Is motorcycling for you
Most of us dreams of riding a motorcycle, but it is not given to everyone. First, you must be in good physical and mental health and have great eyesight since your eyes provide you with 90% of all the information you need for decision making.
And some basic rules must be taken into consideration:
- Respect the speed limit at all times
- Driving with all your faculties intact
- Communicating effectively with other road users
Operating a motorcycle isn’t cheap
Riding a motorcycle requires major financial commitments for expenses such as:
- driving lessons
- the purchase and maintenance of your bike
- the purchase of special protective gear
Balance is primary
Driving a motorcycle requires knowing how to maintain your balance, especially when travelling at low speeds or coming to a stop.
Various factors, such as the type of bike (size, weight, etc.), road conditions (sand, water, etc.) and weather conditions (wind gusts, rain, etc.) can influence the stability of your vehicle and affect your balance.
When riding a motorcycle, gravity influences the maintenance of balance. For example, placing an additional load (passenger, luggage) on a motorcycle has an effect on what is called its center of gravity. Simply stated, the center of gravity is the point that prevents the motorcycle from falling to one side or the other.
Remember that you are less visible to other road users
Every year, motorists have to get used to seeing motorcycles on the road again. Remember, however, that you are responsible for adopting behaviours that favour your personal safety.
Remember that you are vulnerable
As a motorcyclist, you face situations that are much more hazardous than if you were at the wheel of an automobile protected by a solid car body.
Aside from your protective gear, your only protection is your driving skills, your ability to anticipate risks and your judgment.
It’s to your advantage to wear a good-quality helmet and specially designed clothing. Each piece of gear has its role to play and could save your life.
Learn more about the motorcycle by consulting this guide.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source : SAAQ