Ask any motorcycle enthusiast and they will tell you the number of myths surrounding the vehicle. They are often considered dangerous to ride, while the contrary is true. Myths and false information about motorcycle safety are also rampant in the biker communities.
Many a time, you will see bikers swapping stories and advice that couldn’t be further from the truth. In the interest of keeping you and your motorcycle safe on the roads, we now debunk five such myths.
1. Helmets restrict vision
Most motorcyclists think that a full-face helmet restricts their vision and opt for an open face helmet instead, which might compromise their safety by doing so. According to the safety regulations set by the Department of Transportation, full-face helmets should allow a field of view of at least 210 degrees to ensure your peripheral view is not affected.
Also, full-face helmets with visors keep out dirt and debris from your eyes. They keep the wind from hitting your face, allowing you to see better. Furthermore, the helmets cut down on the wind-related noise, allowing you to focus better.
Thus, it is best that you put on a helmet when you get on your motorbike. Remember they save lives!
2. The interstate is more dangerous than the streets
Since you can ride slowly in the small inner-city lanes, most motorcyclists assume them to be safer than the interstate. However, this is not the case. Unlike the city streets, the interstate has only one side of incoming traffic. Additionally, there are no pedestrians to worry about and wider lanes. There are also no side streets, meaning, the chance that someone pops into your way is very less. This ensures yours and your motorcycle’s safety.
3. Loud pipes
There is a popular misconception that loud exhaust pipes alert drivers to the riding motorcyclists on the road. This, however, is far from the truth. Modified exhaust pipes that make more noise serve to annoy drivers at best. There has been no proof that they actually work in heralding the coming of your motorcycle. On the contrary, these noisemakers may distract drivers from the road and increase the possibility of an accident.
4. Other drivers can see motorcycles
Since motorcycles are not that common, drivers rarely think about them when making turns or speeding away. It is, therefore, better to err on the side of caution and take the safety of your motorcycle into your own hands. You can make yourself more visible by wearing reflective clothing or using the motorcycle’s high beam during the day. Watch out for blind spots, enter curves cautiously, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
5. Lay down the motorbike to avoid a crash
Some motorcyclists advice “laying down” your motorbike if you anticipate a crash. This, however, is completely not feasible. Firstly, there is hardly any time to do anything other than to stop your vehicle with brakes. Secondly, laying down on the asphalt might cause more harm; you can get wedged under the vehicle you are crashing into. The only way to avoid crashes is to drive safely.