Safety Tips: The 10 amazing tips to avert motorcycle accident on Nigeria's roads


Motorcyclists are exposed to more dangers than drivers due to speed, lack of protection and vehicle dynamics. For instance, if there is a collision between a car and a motorcycle, regardless of who was at fault, the motorcyclist would most likely suffer devastating injuries than the car driver. 



It is the duty of motorcyclists to ensure their safety and that of their passengers. There are a number of things a rider can and should do to reduce the risk he or she is exposed to. A few of these would be explained in this article while others can be read on various motorcycle blogs. 

1. Get the right training 

The first action for new or prospective riders is to get proper training from an accredited riding school before riding a motorcycle. There are a number of riding schools and trainers that would give you the proper training in a controlled environment before getting on the highway. 

2. All Gears All The Time (AGATT) 

AGATT is a popular acronym in the riding community. Sadly, it is not practiced by all riders at all times. Regardless of the distance to be travelled, level of your experience or the urgency of the ride, it is important that you (and your passenger) have the right protective gears on. 

The basic gears to have on are: a good DOT certified helmet, chest and spine protector, elbow and knee guards, riding gloves and a riding boot. 

3. Ensure your bike is roadworthy 

It is important to check the state of your bike before setting out. Check your chains, tires, cables, fuel, oil, lights, brakes etc. and ensure the bike is fit for the road. 

4. Be visible 

The most common sentence often said by drivers involved in an accident with a motorcyclist is “I didn’t see him/her”. This makes visibility an important aspect of riding safe. Ensure your lights are working properly, stay out of the blind spots of other motorists, make sure your gears are brightly colored and can be seen in the dark: if they cannot be seen in the dark, get a reflective jacket/helmet to improve your visibility. 

5. Ride at a reasonable speed 

The difference between speeds is the response time. A rider at a lower speed under the same condition has more time to respond to a road hazard than the other moving at a higher speed. It is advised that you ride at a speed you can control the bike to a full stop in case of emergency. 

6. Be cautious when filtering 

Lane filtering is when a motorcycle rider moves alongside vehicles that have either stopped or are moving slowly (less than 30km/hr). Moving at a speed higher than 30km/hr is called splitting (it is safer to filter). When filtering, it is important to look out for other motorists that might want to switch lanes or passengers that might want to exit the vehicle at any perceived opportunity. You should also look out for pedestrians jaywalking. 

7. Don’t Tailgate 

Tailgating simply means riding or driving closely behind another vehicle. The danger in tailgating is that you are at the mercy of the vehicle in front; sudden stop or swerve might result in you colliding with the vehicle or panicking. It is advised to have a reasonable braking distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. In a group ride, you are to ride in a staggered formation and not stay directly behind the rider in front of you. 

8. Don’t drink and ride 

When alcohol reached the brain, it immediately affects the brain’s ability to control behavior and body functions. The extent of this might vary depending on the volume consumed but the fact remains that there is an effect. For safety reasons, it is important to ride with a sound mind. In addition, riding when fatigued is dangerous. 

9. Watch out for wet surfaces Wet surfaces are slippery; it gets worse if it is caused by diesel or oil. Such surfaces are a dangerous riding terrain and it is best avoided.

In situations when there are no alternative routes, you must ensure steadiness on such surfaces; no sudden movement or increase in speed, maintain an upright position, slowly release your throttle and avoid using your brakes to avoid skidding.  

Once you are of the surface, clean your tires to wipe off the oil and continue your ride. Being alert and calm is the key here, if you are alert, you will spot the wet surface before getting over it and that would prepare your mind on what to do when you are on it. 

10. Obey traffic rules The rules are there to guide and protect various classes of road users and it is mandatory that all road users obey them. Disobeying them might lead to punishment as stated by the law or endangering your life and that of other road users. Some of the laws include obeying highway speed limits, traffic lights, road signs and ensuring your motorcycle is properly registered. 
Safety Tips: The 10 amazing tips to avert motorcycle accident on Nigeria's roads Safety Tips:  The 10 amazing tips to avert motorcycle accident on Nigeria's roads Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on 09:56:00 Rating: 5

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