A motorcycle can be an efficient way to get around. Not only that, but if you only use it for leisure, it can be a lot of fun to take trips with fellow motorcyclist friends.
There are some downsides though. You don’t have a metal shell for protection like other vehicles do. This means that if a crash does occur, you’re likely to come off worse than anyone else.
Knowing how to come to a safe stop could help to protect you. Here are two major tips that can help:
1. Use both brakes
The majority of motorcycles are fitted with both front and rear brakes. If you rely too heavily on just one set of brakes, then it’s more likely that you’ll lose balance or traction and end up in trouble. By applying both sets of brakes appropriately, you’ll be able to come to a much more efficient stop whilst retaining your balance.
2. Utilize your gears
Brakes aren’t the only tool you have at your disposal when trying to slow down or stop. Your gears can act in tandem with the braking system. By shifting into a lower gear, the transmission of your bike will help you to slow down. This is especially important when conditions are poor and there is a heightened risk of your wheels losing traction.
Unfortunately, even if you’re applying your brakes correctly and riding safely, you cannot control the actions of other road users. A negligent driver can still cause a crash that injures you severely. If this has happened to you, make sure you look into your legal options.