Marie-Claude Dulac

By Marie-Claude Dulac

March 9, 2014

Leisure

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Article revised on 9 March 2020

Motorcycle safety tips

Before setting off to explore Quebec’s countryside, make sure you’re well equipped. Do you have the right clothing? Will you be clearly visible to other motorists?

The start of the season is particularly difficult for motocyclists due to sand and gravel left over from the winter, road surface imperfections and motorists unused to seeing motorcycles on the road. Some experts even believe that the weather can play a role in the number of falls observed. According to them, the cooler, denser air results in greater oxygen intake. Motorcyclists may be surprised by the potential for more power.

Are you sure you’re visible to other motorists?

Did you know that 70% of mistakes made by motorists found to be responsible for an accident involving a motorcycle are due to the fact that they did not see them? (Source: SAAQ)

Other drivers often have trouble seeing a motorcycle, especially because of motorcyclists’ lack of visibility and the small size of the vehicle, especially when seen from the front. As well, there are fewer motorcyclists on the road (and not year-round), so other drivers do not necessarily expect to come across them.

How can you increase your visibility?

The Société d’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) makes the following suggestions:

    1. Choose light or bright colours, for both your motorcycle and your protective clothing and accessories.
    2. Add headlights or auxiliary lights close to the rearview mirrors and near the bottom of the fork, to enlarge the visual outline of the motorcycle as much as possible. This helps other drivers see the motorcycle and better evaluate the distance between them and the approach speed.
    3. Be vigilant! You might be able to see other motorists, but that doesn’t mean that they can also see you.

How can you increase your visibility?

In the event of a fall or accident, your clothing and helmet may contribute to injury prevention or to gravity reduction.

Did you know that unhelmeted motorcyclists are over three times as likely to suffer a brain injury as were those who are helmeted? What’s more, the use of a helmet is estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatalities in motorcycle accidents. (Source: U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

So, what should you choose?

  1. Select clothing made of leather or anti-abrasive tear-resistant materials such as Kevlar, which feature added protection for elbows and knees.
  2. In addition to a jacket, motorcyclists should wear pants, gloves and footwear that are specially designed for riding a motorcycle. Passengers must also be properly protected.
  3. Make sure your helmet fits properly.
    (source: SAAQ http://www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/road_safety/vehicles/index.php)

Happy trails – have a great summer!

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