Every driver on the roads knows how dangerous certain traffic conditions can be, however, for riders on a motorcycle, some conditions make it even more dangerous when they are on roads. And unfortunately, for motorcyclists, the dangers associated are greater than the dangers associated with car accidents because of the severity of damage and injury caused. This is why when you are on road, you should definitely know about the riding conditions and the most dangerous times to be on the road.
The most dangerous time to be on road for motorcycle riders
There are certain months of the year, certain days of the week, and even times of the day when riding a motorcycle is comparatively dangerous than other times. As per the data collected by the U.s. Department of Transportation’s FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), the following pointers have come into the picture:
- Season: The death toll of motorcyclists increased in summers, i.e., from the months of May to September. The fatalities peaked in July and were lowest in the month of January.
- Days: The most dangerous days and times to ride a motorcycle were reported as weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and for weekends from 6 to 9 p.m.
Precautionary Measures to be safe on Road
There’s nothing like riding on the road with a total sense of freedom. This doesn’t mean you get scared and give up on your passion for bikes. It’s just that, to be safe, precautions should be taken when you are on road.
- If there’s no necessity to go on the road during the above mentioned times, try skipping it. If you have to, be extra alert. Put on proper gears to prevent injuries & deaths.
- Drive defensively and try staying out of the driver’s blind spot. Never assume that the driver ahead of you or beside you can see you. The thumb rule is if you can see the face of the driver in their side-view mirror, then they can also see you.
- Always watch for turning vehicles because such a situation has proved to be the cause of most of the accidents on the road.
- Never use your phone while you are riding a motorcycle. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. With many accidents happening where motorcyclists were not at fault, you need to be mindful and conscious of your environment.