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Top 10 Mistakes by Bikers - Motorcycle Safety Tips

Here are ten common mistakes made by motorcyclists:

  1. Not wearing proper safety gear: This includes helmets, gloves, jackets, and boots. Many riders overlook this, especially on short trips, but it's crucial for protection.
  2. Riding beyond skill level: Some motorcyclists push themselves too hard, attempting maneuvers or speeds beyond their capabilities, leading to accidents.
  3. Neglecting regular maintenance: Failing to maintain your motorcycle can lead to mechanical failures while riding, which can be extremely dangerous.
  4. Ignoring road conditions: Motorcyclists need to be particularly vigilant about road conditions such as potholes, gravel, or oil spills, as these can cause loss of control.
  5. Riding under the influence: Just like driving a car, operating a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly impairs judgment and reaction time.
  1. Tailgating: Following other vehicles too closely reduces reaction time and increases the risk of rear-end collisions.
  2. Neglecting to signal or check blind spots: Motorcyclists should always signal their intentions and check their blind spots before changing lanes or making turns.
  3. Speeding Excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of accidents. It's important to adhere to speed limits and adjust speed according to road conditions.
  4. Riding without proper training: Many motorcyclists hit the road without proper training or education, which can lead to unsafe riding practices.
  5. Being invisible to other drivers: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, so it's important for riders to ride defensively and assume that other drivers may not see them.

Avoiding these mistakes can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries while riding a motorcycle.

Honorable Mention (Mistake No. 11): Not having Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. Approximately 25% of Florida Drivers have no Bodily Injury liability coverage. Critical to have this most important coverage in your motorcycle and auto policies.

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