Ride defensively -
Ride defensively and confidently, and anticipate what other road users are going to do. Be prepared to react appropriately.
Ride smoothly -
You can react quicker than any other vehicle out there, but that doesn't mean you have to make moves that startle others.
Ride within the speed limit -
This might sound obvious, but speeding is one of the biggest factors in fatal collisions involving motorcyclists. Ride within the speed limit.
Adapt to the weather -
Slow down in poor weather conditions. The dangers of wet or icy roads multiply when you're on two wheels.
Ride sober -
This goes without saying. Never ride your motorcycle while you're under the influence.
Always scan your environment -
Conduct traffic checks by scanning your environment while waiting at an intersection or traffic light. Proceed only when it’s safe.
Watch for road hazards -
Sand, oil, and gravel can make you lose traction. Bumps and potholes are also dangerous, so do avoid them.
Use intercoms only as needed and keep your chatting to only when it's necessary.
Keep audio to a minimum -
That includes listening to music and/or chatting with friends or your passenger on your intercom. These can all be distracting as you ride.
Always wear a helmet -
Wearing a motorcycle helmet is crucial. They're effective in preventing deaths, and they also reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
Make yourself visible -
Stay seen with high-visibility reflective gear, especially on your upper body, where it’s more likely to catch the attention of drivers
Wear appropriate gear -
Heat and cold impair judgment and your ability to react. Dress for the ride and the weather, and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions.
Carry a first-aid kit -
Make sure to include disinfecting wipes, bandages, hand sanitizer, gauze, adhesive tape, and band-aids.
Take a safety course -
Driving a motorcycle requires skill and good judgment, and a safety course can help you practice these.
Check the blind spots -
Always check the blind spots before moving away, when coming to a stop, and before making a lane change.
Brake light -
Tap your brake light when decelerating. It alerts other drivers to your change in speed.
Avoid surprising other road users -
Never do anything on the road that could cause others to slow down, brake, swerve, or that could startle pedestrians.
Choose your riding partners wisely -
Riding as part of a group carries its own responsibilities. It’s wise to build experience before riding with others.