If you are living countryside then you are a lucky fella.
You must be wondering, what we are talking about?
Well, we are talking about heavy traffic in cities. Riding motorcycle on country roads and city traffic is totally different. Riding in cities is quite dangerous.
You are surrounded by many vehicles which may not see you. In heavy traffic, the risk of coming in the blind spot of trucks and cars are dangerous too. Plus, city roads have more leaked oil from old vehicles and you have to keep examining the situation in front and behind of you.
But. Not to worry. Because today we are going to give you best tips on “how to ride safely in heavy traffic?”
So, take a look at these.
Tips for Riding Safely in Traffic
If you are living in a city and use a motorcycle for daily commuting then you face traffic on regular basis. To use a motorcycle to ride to work daily is a brilliant idea in terms of fuel economy and money saving. But, it also put you at risk in heavy traffic.
So, take every ride as a practice session, learn how traffic moves around and giving attention can develop your sixth sense towards the danger on the road.
That’s why learn the method of switching lanes, emergency braking, change of direction, cornering the motorcycle, and how to deal with a tailgater?
Never lose your focus and always keep your eyes on the road and surrounding vehicles.
See Also: Tips to teach a novice how to ride?
Observe traffic and pedestrians
Motorcyclists always have a clear field of view as compared to the person sitting in a car. This wide field of view gives us the general idea of what’s happening around us?
A front vehicle just slowed down and going to shift the lane. So, it could be because of arguing with the kids, leaning over to change the radio channel or maybe turned head to check the lane is clear or not?
Basically, this wide vision gives us the advantage to react to the situation instantly. Moreover, we know how pedestrians cross the road unaware of traffic. So, observe everything around you and always make a plan or exit strategy to get out of the situation.
In next step, we will teach you the exit strategy.
If a vehicle in front of you suddenly changed lane so it is important for you to examine the road ahead and switch to the safe lane if something goes wrong.
You can move to break down or motorcycle lane otherwise in between a queue of stationary or slow-moving vehicles is also a good option.
Even in a stationary position, you must always keep an eye on the mirror of your motorcycle to watch out the rear vehicles and right foot on the brake and left the foot on the surface. This position will give you idle start for a quick getaway.
In many states, there are some issues about lane filtering at more than 30km/h. But, in some states, it is allowed to do that. But, make sure you don’t take advantage of this rule and carelessly do filtering.
Only do it when you feel safe. Because the last thing you want is to get caught by Police in an illegal activity. Police always keep one eye open for motorcyclists who do filtering in the wrong places.
On second thought, you shouldn’t depend upon it. There are other ways to exit any situation. Filtering can cause jealousy and road rage, so at least give people a polite wave and you may avoid any quarrel.
One last thing never does filter in front of a big truck. There are 50-50 chances that truck drivers may not see you and you put yourself in the blind spot of a truck.
If they can’t see you then they will run right over the top of you.