In most parts of the country, especially on rural roads as well as highways that are frequented by trucks, you sometimes find oil and diesel spilled on the road. Such oil spills are hazards that are all potentially dangerous traps for two-wheeler riders. Riding through the oil, especially when cornering or turning can make the tyres to slip and loosen their grip on the road that can result in a fall.
In order to prevent such an accident, the rider needs to be a bit careful and keep in mind the following tips:
- If you are passing by vehicle repair workshops, there is a possibility of oil on the road around them. So ride slow and be cautious of such spills.
- If you observe a broken down truck at a distance, there is a possibility of oil spill around it.
- In case you are approaching an oil spill or a mud patch, decelerate the throttle and keep handle bar straight. Do not try curving through the oil patch.
- While passing through the oil or a mud patch or even the stagnant water, maintain the slow speed (do not increase or decrease) and do not push the brakes or change gears.
Riding a motorcycle at night is much more difficult than riding during the day. One of the most difficult night riding obstacles to overcome on a motorcycle is the glare from oncoming traffic.
Here are some tips to keep you safe while night riding:
- Reduce your speed. With reduced visibility at night, it is recommended to ride slow.
- Do not look directly into the lights of the oncoming traffic as it can cause temporary blindness.
- Take the help of the road marking as a guide to your path.
- Increase distance from the vehicles ahead of you.
- Be visible by wearing bright reflective clothing.
- Use the high beam when there is no traffic.
- Ensure that your backlight is functional.
Brakes are the single most important safety feature of your motorcycle. Although we all know this, sometimes we can let things slip. To help protect the safety of you and your loved ones, master these braking tips
- First, decelerate completely.
- Secondly, apply both brakes together and then gradually increase the force.
- Third, when you come to a halt, place your left foot firmly on the ground.
- If you only use the rear brakes the braking distance increases substantially.
- Applying only the front brake can cause the front wheel to lock and the two-wheeler to flip over.
- Double riding increases the braking distance. The added weight at the back makes it essential to apply the rear brakes more firmly.
- The pillion rider should always wear a helmet, sit astride, hold the rider firmly around the waist and grip the rider’s hips with the knees.
Ho Ho! It might sound funny, but experience of Hero’s safety experts says that many riders do not know how to ‘get on to the bike.’ It is difficult to believe, but come to think of it, how many times you see different people getting on to the bike differently and look a bit weird while sitting on it.
The right sitting posture is quite significant from both the comfort and the safety points of view. Poor posture can cause fatigue and discomfort while riding and it also leads to poor handling and balance.
Here are some tips to help you maintain a good posture while riding a two-wheeler.
- Sit in a position that gives you easy access to the handle bar and brakes.
- Look forward in the direction you are moving to cover a wide range of information.
- Relax your shoulder and bend your arms slightly.
- Grasp the center of the grips so that you can easily operate the levers and switches.
- Your feet should rest on the step and your legs should be comfortably apart, but aligned with the chassis.
- Be in a slightly leaning forward position.
- Before riding off, adjust your rear view mirrors and look behind for traffic.