7 Myths and Misconceptions About Motorcycle Safety

Sep 15, 2022

If you love your motorcycle and go to meet-ups with others like you then you’ve likely heard all sorts of tips and stories about how to stay safe when going a ride.  Sadly, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths that get spread around about motorcycle safety in these circles that leads to more people believing the wrong information.  Here are 7 myths to be aware of whenever you are discussing these topics.


1.      Other Drivers Don’t Care About You


This is a hard myth to debunk when a lot of people tend to be more ignorant of checking for motorcycles and being aware of their safety.  However, other drivers don’t want to hit you on purpose and most would be horrified if they did.  The best way to combat this is to make yourself easier to spot and harder to ignore.


2.      Helmets Don’t Help


This is something that seems to be a small category of myths in and of itself with people sharing ideas like “Helmets break necks”, “Your vision and hearing are hindered by a helmet” and simply “A helmet doesn’t help in most crashes”.  “These myths have sadly become so common it is hard to break riders away from this way of thinking,” laments Carl McFadden, a sports blogger at Paper Fellows and Boom Essays.  Helmets, at least those built to DOT standards, are built to save your life.  In fact, most helmets now have energy-absorbing properties that can help you avoid a neck injury when you crash.  They also reduce wind noise as well as provide you with eye protection which can make it easier for you to both see and hear contrary to the popular myth.  Overall, you are far more likely to survive with less trauma to your head, neck and brain if you actually wear a helmet.


3.      A Skilled Rider Should Be Able to Handle Almost Any Situation


It doesn’t matter how skilled you are, if a car suddenly breaks a short distance ahead or pulls out right in front of you there is nothing you could have learned that will solve the situation.   The best thing to do is to try and avoid potential dangers by scanning ahead and thinking strategically as well as being dressed appropriately so that you take less damage to yourself in the crash.


4.      Streets are Safer than Highways


“It’s easy enough to see the logic here that slower is safer, but that only really becomes true when an accident begins,” says lifestyle writer Maureen Gray of UK Top Writers and State of writing.  Highways at least have traffic all going one direction at a similar speed, streets tend to have several obstacles you need to be aware of.


5.      Anti-Lock Brakes Aren’t Safe


Patently untrue, these are prefect for times when you are panic-braking and need to avoid lock-up.  They are by far the best option for you and even allow you to actually safely practice panic stops so you have some experience that could save your life in the future.


6.      When Crashing You Should Lay It Down


This is a case where it seems right but it’s actually the worst thing you can do unless for some reason you’re about to go over a guardrail and fall a large distance.   The best thing to do is brake as much as possible to reduce the speed of the crash.  If you lay it down you can actually find yourself wedged under a vehicle or hitting with far too much force.


7.      One Beer is Ok


Absolutely not, even if you are “unaffected” it can increase your risk to yourself and others when you drink and ride.

In the end, it’s up to each individual rider to do the research and to ride as safely as possible.  Word of mouth myths and misconceptions can lead to issues if they seem to be commonly accepted and passed around.  Just remember to be visible, keep yourself as safe as you can, dress for the possibility of a crash, keep your bike in top shape and avoid drinking and riding.  Pick out a helmet that fits DOT standards, you can even get ones to show off your individual personality and style.  And most of all, enjoy the ride.

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