Friday the 13th motorcycle safety tips

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Whether  you’re superstitious or not, Friday the 13th is expected to be a bad day for motorcycle crashes; not because of the date, but the day.

A Youi insurance claims accident frequency study found most collisions (16%) occurred on Fridays and were most likely to happen between the peak periods of 8am – 9am and 3pm – 6pm.

Fridays afternoons are dangerous because people are keen to get home from the week’s work.

Motorists are also more likely to have had a drink or two.

So riders need to take extra care on a Friday to avoid those motorists driving fast and erratically and take extra precautions with extra buffer space.

Motorcyclists can reduce their crash risk by taking time to prepare themselves and their motorbike for the journey, says RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding.

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Steve Spalding

“It’s important motorcyclists remind themselves about how vulnerable they are in a crash and the need to ride defensively,” he says.

The rider of an immaculately maintained 1996 Suzuki Bandit also advises that preparation can make all the difference.

“Taking the time to protect yourself and prepare for the ride can make the difference between life and death.”

He recommends motorcyclists take the following steps before you ride:

  • Ensure all motorcycle maintenance and servicing is up to date;
  • Carry out a pre-ride safety check that includes checking lights, engine oil and brake fluid levels, clutch, tyre condition and pressure when the tyres are cold;
  • Carry a temporary tyre repair kit;
  • Ensure the chain is correctly adjusted and lubricated with an appropriate chain grease;
  • Secure luggage, being sure not to overload the motorcycle thereby making it unstable;
  • Wear protective riding gear, even in hot weather; and
  • Prepare yourself mentally to ride at a pace both within your own and your bike’s capabilities.

4 Comments

  1. I can agree with you he motorcycle riders should never forget that in terms of crashes, they are the most vulnerable around. Of course, motorcycles do not usually provide much protection, unlike cars. But since I have always wanted to ride one, I will not be stopped and instead will be more careful in driving. Thank you for such a helpful reminder.

  2. I never knew that Friday was such an unlucky day for riders. Will need to keep an even more vigilant eye out now. The tips you’ve mentioned are very helpful though and I used to follow a couple of them very regularly but will need to be more careful in the future.

  3. I thought this article might have had something interesting.
    But as a long term motorcyclist, these are nothing new . But definitely good for newbies.

  4. “So riders need to take extra care on a Friday to avoid those motorists driving fast and erratically and take extra precautions with extra buffer space.”
    Whether I am in the car or on the bike, if I leave enough buffer space in front, that becomes an invitation to all in the area to change into my lane ahead of me. And what is the usual thing that people do after they change into your lane? Brake.

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