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Sun Wheels - Motorcycle Safety Tips

Aug 13, 2019

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcycles are among many different forms of transports being used by people and it is relatively important that an extra care is taken when using motorcycles to commute around.

In this week’s Sun Wheels Column, the Land Transport Authority would like to focus on important safety tips for motorcycle owners to follow to ensure safety on the road:

Always wear a helmet with a face shield or protective eye wear

Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect against severe head injuries. A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is more likely to sustain a critical head injury.

Wear appropriate gear

Make sure to wear protective gear and clothing that will minimize the amount of injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Wearing leather clothing, boots with non-skid soles, and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. Consider attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you. Most importantly wear your bike helmet at all times.

Follow traffic rules

Obey the speed limit; the faster you go the longer it will take you to stop. Be aware of traffic laws and rules of the road.

Ride Defensively

You should always ride with your headlights on; stay out of a driver's blind spot; signal well in advance of any change in direction; and watch for turning vehicles.

Be awake and ride sober

Don't drink and ride, you could cause harm to yourself and others. Additionally, fatigue and drowsiness can impair your ability to react, so make sure that you are well rested when you hit the road.

Preparing to Ride

check the following:

  • Tires: Check for any cracks or bulges, or signs of wear in the treads (low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout)
  • Under the motorcycle: Look for signs of oil or gas leaks
  • Headlight, taillight and signals: Test for high and low beams (make sure that all lights are functioning)
  • Hydraulic and Coolant fluids: Level should be checked

Once you've mounted the motorcycle, complete the following checks:

  • Clutch and throttle: Make sure they are working smoothly (throttle should snap back when released)
  • Mirrors: Clean and adjust all mirrors to ensure sharpest viewing
  • Brakes: Test front and rear brakes (each brake should feel firm and hold the motorcycle still when fully applied)
  • Horn: Test the horn


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