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Motorcycle Safety Tips

When spring and summer finally arrive, the number of motorcycles on the road drastically increases. It’s more ecological, it’s more fun, and it’s more efficient than riding a car. However, staying safe on two wheels is a big concern. We cannot always be 100% safe, no matter how careful we are. This is because our safety depends on other drivers’ actions as well. What we can do is decrease our chances of getting into trouble by following several safety rules.

Here are our motorcycle safety tips that you should definitely incorporate into your riding.

Never Ride Without a Helmet

Putting a helmet on before riding your bike should be a reflex motion. Wearing a helmet is the best thing that you can do to protect yourself from more serious injuries in case of a fall. Statistics show that you are five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury if you are not wearing a helmet.

Preferably, you should choose a helmet that has eyewear as well. If not, put on a pair of good-quality eyeglasses with a strong UV protection. It will protect your eyes from harmful sun rays and protect you from bugs and other tiny foreign objects.

Wear Motorcycling-Specific Gear

Wearing a proper motorcycling jacket and pants will offer you a lot of protection when you hit the ground. These usually come with elbow, shoulder, and knee guards which will save these critical joints in case of a fall. The jacket and the pants are made from durable material usually laced with Kevlar which protects your skin from abrasion injuries.

A good pair of gloves is also absolutely crucial as your hands are usually the first thing that meets the ground if you sustain a fall.

Follow Traffic Rules

It is tempting to break the traffic rules when you are riding a motorcycle because it seems that doing so for some of them is quite innocent. However, you should always make sure to strictly obey them, especially the speed limits. The contact surface your bike makes with the ground is much smaller than that of a car. Therefore, it will take you longer to brake than you would need riding a car. The faster you go, the longer you will need to stop.

Ride Defensively and Educate Yourself

You should never assume that a driver has seen you until you establish eye contact with them. Always be prepared to brake or perform a maneuver to protect your integrity on the road since most motorcycling accidents are caused by car drivers violating the right of way of riders.

Even when you think that your riding skills are good enough, never stop learning and educating yourself. Go to an empty parking lot and practice basic safety maneuvers so that you are always ready to perform them when necessary.

Prepare Before You Ride

Both your bike and you should be in the best possible condition for riding before you put your helmet on and ride away. For you, this means that you have slept well and that you are not tired. Moreover, never ride if you are not sober, no matter how confident you feel.

Before riding, make sure that your bike is functioning properly. Check tire pressure, oil levels, gas, lights and signals, and so on. If everything seems right, only then you start your ride.

The Most Iconic Women in Motorsports

Motorsports have long been considered to be male sports and they were dominated by men in every aspect. However, during all of the history of motorsports, there were examples of women who proved that they had their place in these adrenaline and gasoline-fueled sports as well.

Today, things are quickly changing. Women are becoming an integral part of the sport, as they are proving to be a decent competition for men. Women today take roles both as drivers, engineers, and mechanics, and can be seen in races such as Formula One or Rally Raid.

Let’s see who the most important women in motorsports are today.

 

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick has been dominating the IndyCar and the NASCAR championships for over a decade now. She was born in Wisconsin and has left a mark in motorsports that cannot be erased. She has some amazing results on the track to boast about but she was not idle off the track either. She appeared in Hip Hop videos and did FHM photoshoots.

She is still competing in NASCAR today and since 2005, she has had some big results. In 2005 she took fourth place in her first Indianapolis 500, as well as a podium finish at the same race in 2009. Then, in 2014, she claimed the pole at the Daytona 500.

Keiko Ihara

Ever since the 1950s, Japan has been a pioneering car and motor-related technologies. Some of its most notable accomplishments in motor racing are powering McLaren in the 1980s and dominating the Formula One races in the 1990s. Today, Japan has Keiko Ihara to bring back the old glory to the country.

She started racing in 1999 but encountered a lot of prejudice in her home country. Eventually, she found her place in the Ferrari Challenge Championship and the European Formula Renault.

In 2014, Keiko Ihara became the first Asian woman to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. She finished 13th overall.

Pat Moss

Pat Moss is an iconic woman in motorsports still today, even though she raced back in the late 1950s. She was the younger sister of the world-famous Stirling Moss, who won the Grand Prix 16 times. Pat Moss first started racing horses but soon fell in love with horsepower.

She ended up winning three international rallies, racing in cars such as Fords, Lancias, Saabs, and Minis. In 1958, she took the fourth place in the RAC Rally and also finished fourth at the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. This made her the first woman to finish in the top ten of this prestigious racing event.

Michèle Mouton

Michèle Mouton had many talents when she was young. At first, she was great at ballet, skiing, academia, and much more. However, when she tried racing for the first time – that was it, she was instantly in love!

She got the place as one of the Audi Works drivers and won the World Rally Championship four times, ended up on the podium nine times, and won 160 stages.