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Safe motorcycling helps in reducing accidents

Motorcycle riders in New Mexico may agree that safely riding a motorcycle depends both on the mental and physical skills of the rider. Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a car, because while riding a motorcycle, the rider does not have much protection, the motorcycle is less stable than a car and, because of its smaller size, it is not as visible to other car drivers on the road.

Motorcycle riders should be well-aware of the risks involved in riding and understand the risks that could contribute to motorcycle accidents. Before taking up riding seriously, a rider may have to do a little self-introspection about his or her riding and reaction skills on the road. The behavior reflected while driving a car may often give clues about how a person would behave while riding a motorcycle.

Apart from exhibiting good riding skills, a good rider should obey the traffic laws and also be aware of all possible hazards. Understanding personal and situational limits while riding is beneficial, as well. A rider should feel comfortable with the size and weight of the motorcycle and understand how it handles.

The rider should also take extra precautions, such as checking weather reports so as to avoid riding in poor weather, keeping enough gaps between the motorcycle and other cars on the road and making certain the bike is properly maintained, such as by checking the tire pressure on a regular basis. Riding safely may reduce the chances of getting involved in such traffic accidents, which often lead to serious or fatal injuries.

Source: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "Basic Ridercourse," accessed April 23, 2015

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