Most motorcyclists are well aware that their hobby isn’t the safest pastime. However, when it comes to actually staying safe on their bike, there is still a great deal of misinformation surrounding motorcycles that even the most seasoned riders mistake for truth.
If you want to stay safe on the road this summer, you must know how to separate fact from fiction. Here are some of the most common myths regarding motorcycle safety:
Myth: Loud pipes save lives
It’s easy to understand why someone might think louder exhaust pipes increase motorcyclists’ safety in traffic. In theory, noisy exhaust pipes should grab the attention of other drivers and ensure a motorcyclist is seen. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The noise from your exhaust pipes travels rearward, so it’s unlikely any drivers in front of you will hear you coming. Plus, most motorists drive with their windows closed and are often listening to music.
Myth: Helmets don’t help
Riders can come up with excuses not to have to wear a helmet while riding their bike, one of the more common being that they don’t help or limit visibility. Not only do helmets help to the risk of injury by absorbing the shock and impact of a crash, but they also don’t reduce a rider’s visibility at all.
Myth: Helmets can break your neck
Many riders wrongly assume that a motorcycle helmet’s added weight will only hurt their neck in the event of a crash. On the contrary, the energy-absorbing qualities of bike helmets absorb the force that would break your neck in an impact. Studies show riders who wear helmets suffer fewer neck injuries when they crash.
Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating pastime, but don’t let misinformation prevent you from staying safe on the streets. Stay alert while riding and always wear your helmet to avoid catastrophic accidents.