The festive season brings extra hazards for all South African road users. Since motorcyclists often face higher risks of serious injury than other motorists, the silly season can be especially dangerous for those of us who like to travel on two wheels. Raceworx KTM offers five tips to stay safe and maintain your peace of mind on the roads these holidays.
Keep Safe on SA’s Roads This Festive Season
Motorcyclists should exercise care on the roads all year around. However, the ‘silly season’ increases the risk factors considerably. This is no reason to keep your bikes in the garage this December; you can still travel safely and enjoy your riding. It just means that you need to take extra precautions as traffic increases and road users start to get a little looser than they should. Here are five safety tips to help you ride safely through the holiday season. Read our blog for more tips on everything involving motorcycles and racing.
1. Adjust Your Attitude
Most road accidents can be traced back to the mindset that the drivers or riders have when they get onto the road. It doesn’t matter how experienced and confident a rider you are; there is no excuse for overconfidence. When you hit the road, remember that you are one of millions of other road users and show the appropriate courtesy and caution. Resolve not to be careless, not to rush unnecessarily, and not to act is if nothing can go wrong. This attitude will go a long way towards keeping you safe.
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2. Always Wear the Right Gear
No matter whether you are riding for business or pleasure, whether you are taking a long road trip or just popping out to do some Christmas shopping. Regardless of the circumstances, always take the proper precautions when you use the roads. This includes wearing the right protective gear at all times – especially your helmet. Aside from keeping your head protected, you should also ensure that no part of your skin is exposed. Wear ankle-high boots, as well as riding gear with padded or armoured knees, elbows, shoulders and hips.
3. Ride Dry
This should barely need to be said at all, but it is worth emphasizing: if you are going to ride, don’t drink at all. There are all kinds of arguments and justifications that we use to give ourselves a little leeway to enjoy a drink here and there before travelling: “Just one…” “I’m under the limit…” etc. The truth is that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink before riding your bike. Just one unit of alcohol can impair your faculties enough to raise the likelihood of an accident. When you are riding, rather avoid drinking. You don’t have to deny yourself the odd celebratory tipple – just save it for when you are not riding.
4. Watch Your Speed
Yes – we know: what motorcyclist doesn’t like a little speed?! However, there is a time and a place. When you are riding on public roads among other motorists, that is not the place to push the limit. This is especially true during the silly season. Stick to the speed limits and make sure that you can maintain control over your bike.
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