Approximately 75 percent of accidents is a motorcycle hit by car. Research also shows that motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than people driving a car, even though motorcyclists only make up three percent of registered vehicles. In fact when motorcycle accidents happen with a vehicle, the driver often violates the motorcyclists’ right of way and causes the crash in 2/3 of the cases.
Safety Tips For Riding In A Motorcycle GroupWhen riding in a motorcycle group it is important that you follow certain riding standards for safe group riding. Here are some tips recommended by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:
- Arrive prepared with a full tank of gas
- Hold a riders meeting (discuss route, rest, fuel stops, hand signals)
- Keep the group to a manageable size (ideally five to seven riders)
- Ride prepared (cell phone, first aid kit, full tool kit)
- Use hand signals
- Ride in formation (allow proper space to maneuver and react to hazards)
- Avoid side-by-side formations
- Periodically check the riders following in your rear view mirror
- If you get separated from the group, don’t panic!