What can motorcyclists do to make sure they come home safely from a ride?
16 riders explain how they return home safely
- Darlene D. Always have your head in the game, practice good road skills and never ever let your guard down.
- Roni C. ride with a clear and clean mind…. don’t slow your reaction time with a beer at lunch… save that for the end of the day when the riding is done!
- Kevin G. Reduce the risks as much as you can and then just enjoy the ride. “A ship is safe in harbour. But that’s not what ships are for”. – William Shedd
- Pam B. Make sure you are alert, well-rested and not physically compromised in any way. Drive as if no one can see you.
- Don E. If you make a mistake, at least admit it to yourself and then figure out how to correct it for next time.
- Don S. Ride within your ability at all times
- Suhaymath N. Aside from machine and personal preparation, MINDSET preparation. I find that this is the one thing that most motorists, two wheels or four, completely ignore on a regular basis. Challenge yourself to care more than you already do about the dangers involved in being a motorist. Roll out with a mind towards staying safe for your sake and for the sake of others. I can’t stress this enough.
- Mark-John H. I’m totally with you on this point, especially for me as a rider. I do a bunch of mental prep before any long ride but often catch myself with a wondering mind when I’m riding to the corner store or to work close by… it’s tough to remember to get in the “Mind-set” for riding even when just going around the corner.
- Chris T. That’s assuming that the average motorist brings their brain with them, when they put the car in gear…
- Tim M. Ride within your abilities, believe that others aren’t paying any attention and you take corrective actions to avoid the blind.
- Steve G. Shoulder check, shoulder check and don’t be a jackass that just angers other motorists and riders!
- Across and Abroad “assume” the motorist sees you.
- Mike W. Planning isn’t always the answer since most often going out for a ride involves uncertainty and following your nose and front wheel. The best action to take is anticipate every scenario. Expect a deer to pop out or a left hand turn or loose gravel up ahead. Go too far expect to rest whether it be overnight or a couple of hours.
- Garth W. Be prepared and plan your ride.
- Noel H. PAY ATTENTION!
- Ted W. Keep the front wheel on the ground.
What steps do you take to ensure your safety while out riding?