Riding on the back of a motorcycle is a fun and exhilarating experience. If you or someone you know owns a motorcycle it is important as a passenger to follow certain safety tips to avoid an injury. Motorcycle accidents are involved in a large number of road accidents, which is why as a passenger you must prepare to stay safe. Here are 4 tips for motorcycle passengers to stay safe on their ride.
Dressing properly as a motorcycle passenger is always important. If you know you are going on a ride, make sure to wear protective pants and a safety jacket. You should check with the rider to see if they have extra safety gear to give you. Most riders always carry around a spare helmet and gloves. Never wear heels or open toed shoes as a passenger. Not only do you risk losing your shoe, but risk getting injured if the motorcycle were to fall over. Tighten the helmet, wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and cover our skin to keep yourself safe.
Before jumping on the back of a motorcycle, it is important to know a little bit about the motorcycle itself. The rider will most likely give you quick instructions on what to do, where to sit, and so on. You should make sure that the motorcycle has passenger foot-pegs that you can prop your feet on during the ride. If they are not down, ask the rider to open them since these pegs fold in when not in use. Passenger pegs prevent your legs from hot surfaces like exhaust pipes that can burn you if you touch them. Your legs should not move from these pegs till the motorcycle is parked.
As a passenger, it is necessary to always listen to the rider’s instructions. You must keep in mind that the rider is the one in control of the ride, so what they say should be followed to maximize your safety. Make sure to listen carefully to what the rider tells you. Never mount or dismount a motorcycle till your told to do so. Also, keep a careful ear open during the ride. The rider may tell you to lean a certain way during turns or stay still. Following the rider’s directions will reduce your chances of a motorcycle injury.
When you see motorcyclist with passengers on board, you will most likely notice the passenger has their hands around the rider’s waist. This method is used to secure the passenger from falling off the bike. When a rider is moving fast, a passenger may feel uneasy and could easily fall off since they don’t have anything to hold on to. By passengers placing their hands on the riders hips they will be less likely to fall off the motorcycle while it’s in motion.
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