The bike is the most convenient mode of transportation for most people in India. It offers a comfortable ride, even when travelling long distances. But at times, riders have to face adverse situations, which can put their lives in danger.
While unfortunate events cannot be avoided, we surely can do a few things to be on the safer side. Proper riding gear is necessary as it ensures your safety. On the other hand, you also have to abide by the traffic safety rules when riding your bike. Failing to follow these rules can land you hefty penalties under the New Motor Vehicle Act.
Other than this, here are a few tips that will help you avoid common bike accidents and assure safe travels. it will attract hefty fines if you are riding above the set speed limit. A rider should maintain street discipline. This is important for your safety as you may lose control of your bike and cause harm to yourself and other people on the road.
- Be aware of your surrounding
Whether you are riding on familiar or unfamiliar roads, you should not assume to know the way too well. There will always be unusual bumps, potholes, and obstructions that may come your way. This can certainly prove to be dangerous for any rider.
Therefore, it is wise to be aware of your surroundings at all times when riding the bike. Keep a check on other drivers/riders on the road along with the movement of the pedestrians. Being aware will keep you and people around you safe during the journey.
- Maintain a safe distance
When riding a bike, ensure that you are maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Stay on the left side of the road and avoid riding through the middle of it, as you may obstruct other over speeding vehicles.
Look out for other drivers changing lanes or overtaking without any prior indication as it may put you in trouble. Hence, maintaining a safe distance when riding a motorcycle is essential.
- Do not rush
Even though you may reach your destination faster due to speeding, it is still a dangerous activity to perform. Speeding is also a one-way ticket to heavens. Also, it will attract hefty fines if you are riding above the set speed limit. A rider should maintain street discipline. This is important for your safety as you may lose control of your bike and cause harm to yourself and other people on the road.
- Don’t drink and drive
In India, many accidents take place because the driver/rider is drunk. Although enjoying a fun night out with your friends is not illegal, driving when you are under the influence of intoxicants surely is. You are putting yourself, the people with you, and other people on the road in danger.
If you are caught ‘drunk and driving’, you will have to pay some serious charges and/or serve some prison time. Moreover, if you are involved in an accident that causes damage to your bike, know that the bike insurance provider will not accept any claims.
The best way to avoid putting yourself in such a situation is to opt for an Ola/Uber to take you back home safe.
To Sum It Up!
Riding a bike safely and following the traffic rules at all times is necessary. Also, make sure that you are mindful and on your toes to manage any adverse situation that may arise when riding. Follow the above tips to have a safe journey. Although enjoying a fun night out with your friends is not illegal, driving when you are under the influence of intoxicants surely is. You are putting yourself, the people with you, and other people on the road in danger.