If you’ve ever been in a motorcycle accident, you know that it can be deadly. Motorcyclists are at least 25 times more likely to be killed in an accident than car drivers. However, when you think about it, there’s no doubt that motorcycle riding is more fun compared to driving a car.
It may sound ridiculous to claim riding a motorcycle is safer than riding a car but hear us out. Here are nine possible reasons why motorcycles can be considered “safer than cars.”
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Motorcycle riders are aware of the dangers – from a small rock to a large pothole to a dog crossing the street – because they’re constantly on the lookout for them.
Riders constantly scan their environment and notice things that might pose a threat. They’re also aware of other vehicles around them. They know what to look for and where to look, so they don’t get into accidents with other vehicles.
Wider Field of Vision
Motorcycle riders have a wider field of vision, and they have fewer blind spots than driving a car. As such, a motorcyclist is less likely to be surprised by another vehicle overtaking them. And when they do become surprised, they can easily adjust their speed or maneuver accordingly.
The broader field of vision enables motorcycle riders to see more clearly in all directions and more easily avoid an accident.
Increased reaction Time
Motorcycles are compact and nimble; thus, a biker can react more quickly to avoid an accident readily than a driver in a larger, heavier car. As such, motorcyclists have a higher chance of responding in time to prevent accidents.
Immersion on the road
One of the nicest elements of riding motorcycles is the simple yet enjoyable nature of the activity. It’s just you, your bike, the wind in your face, and the road; this is why motorcycle riders are less likely to get distracted (by technology, for example), which means they’re more focused on what they are doing and in their surroundings.
Cars are comfortable, cold, and cozy. While most motorcycles are comfortable, a rider’s chances of feeling sleepy or bored while riding is low. If and when they are sleepy, they stop for a break until they feel energized again. Riders are less likely to fall asleep or daydream. This makes them less likely to make mistakes.
Because a motorcycle only has two wheels, riding requires consistent concentration. There’s much room for error when riding a motorcycle, making it more dangerous than driving a car. Motorcyclists must concentrate on their speed, distance, and surroundings, which keeps them mentally alert, thus, avoiding possible accidents.
Motorcyclists are aware of the four-wheeled vehicle’s blind spot and employ various strategies to be more visible to others. For instance, they wear bright-colored riding gear, use the daytime running lights, use the horn to alert others of their presence.
Motorcyclists are often seen riding defensively. That is, they slow down, signal for turns, and position their bike so that they can maneuver around obstacles; this is because, in the event of an accident, they know that they have limited control over their motorcycle, so they want to be able to respond to hazards before they happen.
When riding a bike, a rider is conscious that he has nothing to protect him from being hit by a car or a truck. In the event of an accident, a rider is painfully aware that his body will crash into the colliding vehicle, which could throw him off his bike.
The most effective approach to keeping focused on what you’re doing and your surroundings is riding with good discipline. Riders must learn how to handle and maneuver their motorbike safely, which means they must practice, practice, practice if they want to improve their riding discipline.
Like defensive riding, good discipline involves avoiding careless swerving, high-speed runs while filtering through traffic, and other unsafe behaviors. Defensive riding also includes learning to balance, steer, and brake quickly when the situation calls for it. It also has how to maneuver around other vehicles, learn how to read road signs and ride in traffic.
Nowadays, motorcycle riding is safer. For instance, most motorcycles now have ABS brakes, which helps to slow them down if they begin to skid or lose traction. They also have better suspension systems and tires designed to handle various road conditions. As such, riders are more likely to survive an accident because they’re less likely to end up on the ground.
But let’s go back to the question – are motorcycles safer than cars? It all depends on the rider. If a motorcyclist rides safely, he can be as safe as a car driver
The fact is, we all need to take responsibility for our safety. As such, we must be aware of the dangers of driving a car or riding a motorcycle and learn how to avoid them.
Motorcycle riders are frequently characterized as reckless. Figures show that they are 25 times more likely to die than automobile drivers. When riding a motorbike, you can do several things to keep yourself safe.
Being a safe motorcycle rider entails adhering to local regulations and maintaining the motorcycle in good working order, wearing correct riding gear, and wearing a certified helmet.
You should also make sure that you practice safe riding techniques, including braking at an appropriate speed and not riding during bad weather or when intoxicated.
Finally, the safest thing to do is to avoid accidents altogether. That is, you should ride safely and defensively and practice good riding techniques.
At the end of the day, whether you’re a motorcycle rider or a car driver, your riding/driving talent, experience, training, and self-discipline will be the most critical factors in deciding your road safety.
Thanks for reading, and ride safely.