There are many dangerous myths about motorcycles and motorcycle riders.
Myth #5. Motorcyclists Are Always At Fault
Many people assume that motorcyclists are daredevils who drive unsafely. Not true. The Hurt Report, a comprehensive study on motorcycle safety, found that in accidents involving both cars and motorcycles, two-thirds of the time the accident cause was a car violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way.
Myth #4. Lane Splitting Is Unsafe And Illegal
One of the biggest anti-motorcycle complaints is the practice of lane splitting. Many drivers think that motorcycles driving between lanes of moving traffic is unsafe or reckless, but it is actually the safest way for a motorcycle to travel through slower traffic.
Myth #3. You Shouldn’t Wear A Helmet Because ______.
There are any number of ways that sentence can be finished, and all of them are wrong. Helmets save lives: they prevent head injury 62% of the time, and prevent death 40% of the time. Wear your helmet.
Myth #2. A Loud Bike Will Save Lives Simply Because It’s Loud
Bikers like to say, “loud pipes save lives” – but there is no data to support that contention. Also, since your exhaust pipes point backwards, they’re not doing much good to warn the drivers in front of you and the drivers behind you already see you. In fact, studies have shown that louder bikes tend to encourage driver aggression. Additionally, some states have outlawed modifying motorcycle exhaust systems to increase their volume. Consider other ways to attract notice, like adding aftermarket auxiliary lights, or wearing brightly colored, high-visibility gear.
Myth #1. Motorcycles Magically Appear Out Of Nowhere To “Dart Out” In Front Of You
Motorcycles don’t have magical properties to appear out of nowhere, and as we pointed out above, are not the reckless daredevils they are often portrayed to be. Motor vehicle drivers, however, often become distracted or allow their attention to wander from the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles recommends checking your rear-view mirrors every two to five seconds for the position of vehicles near you, and to use your mirrors anytime you turn or change lanes. Motorcyclists do everything to ensure visibility. Drivers need to pick up their half of the deal.
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