Travel & Transportation

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Patrick
Written by Patrick

Before You Ride

Perform a motorcycle safety check every time BEFORE you head out for a ride.

General Tips

  • Perform a walk around BEFORE you get on your bike.

    TIP:  If renting a bike, take photos BEFORE departing

  • Make certain your motorcycle is registered and you have the registration for the bike.
  • Know the local motorcycle laws.
  • Be sure to have a mobile phone, toolkit, first aid kit, and water.

    Essentials

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  • Check your fuel valve. You should know the location of the fuel petcock valve that controls the flow of fuel to the engine.  It can be set to 1 of 3 positions:  ON, OFF, RESERVE. 
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Watch your speed.
  • Use your turn signals.
  • Properly position your mirrors.

    Motorcycle Mirror Positioning

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  • Keep your distance (6 meters|20 feet) from other vehicles and people.
  • Use BOTH brakes.
  • Avoid blind spots for BOTH you and other vehicles.
  • Follow all traffic laws.

    Follow all traffic laws.

  • Drive defensively.
  • Look twice … then look again.
  • Leave room for an escape route.
  • Always look where you want to go.
  • Know hand signals.

    Motorcycle Hand Signals

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  • Do NOT use your phone when driving! 
  • Ride in formation.
  • Do NOT weave in and out of traffic!

    Don't weave in and out

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  • Be extra cautious during rainy weather.
  • Avoid manhole covers … slippery when wet.
  • Avoid riding in areas with lots of gravel, uneven pavement, or other dangerous road conditions.
  • Allow enough time to come to a complete STOP …

    Stopping Distances

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  • At night, wear a high visibility bright YELLOW reflective helmet and vest.
  • NEVER ride tired.
  • Always drive sober.
  • Carry an In Case of Emergency Card.

    In Case of Emergency Card

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  • Your bike has limits, don’t over stress your bike.
  • Take a motorcycle training and safety course.

Wear the Proper Protective Gear

Accidents happen.  Be prepared should one happen to you.  Wear the proper protective gear.   The following infographic identifies the Top 10 Things to Use to Protect Yourself.

Top 10 Things to Use to Protect Yourself

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The following are things that can really help you to avoid a lot of pain & injury and quite possibly  save your life.

01 | Your Brain

This is desperately needed to carry around everywhere with you.  Use your brain to make sure you are safe for yourself and for other road users too.  Be Mature.  Use your brain! 

02 | Helmet

Helmets are the best sunscreen, dust repeller, moisturizer, thing on the planet.  Helmets save lives.  Wear one!

Types of Motorcycle Helmets

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03 | Riding Gloves

Along with looking cool, riding gloves make sure that your hand remains in place should you choose to fall from your bike. They also protect you from the sun and weather. 

04 | Eye Protection

Wear eye protection to save your eyes from the sun, strong winds, dust and dirt during your ride.

05 | Body Armour

Feel like a gladiator and survive a crash like a hero. These really do protect your skin and bones so wear one! 

06 | Riding Boots

They are protective, visible at night with their reflective linings, supremely comfortable, and look super cool too.

07 | Riding Jacket

Trust us, the shoulder, elbow, and back protectors that come with riding jackets can save you from years of agony in the case of a crash.  Be sensible, wear a proper riding jacket.

08 | Long Pants

Wear long pants to save yourself from engine heat and some bruises if you end up in the gravel.

09 | Waterproof Riding Gear

Sensible people know that wetness of any kind indicates danger. Wear waterproof riding gear during rain to keep your concentration intact.

10 | Training Classes

Always better to learn from senior rider experiences than to learn some painful and costly lessons yourself.

Pack the Necessary Gear 

Don’t go for a road-trip without these necessities.  They will help you to avoid getting stuck in a remote area.

Pack Necessary Gear

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Pack Your Gear Properly 

The following are some tips on how to properly carry your gear.

How To Carry Your Gear

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Top 11 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The following are ways to easily avoid most motorcycle accidents:

  • Poor weather conditions
  • Not using a turn signal or hand signals
  • Motorcyclist driving between 2 lanes
  • Disobeying speed limitations
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Glare or other view obstructions
  • Inexperienced motorcyclists
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Vehicle & roadway defects
  • Intentional hostile actions

Recommended Motorbikes

The following are the two motorbikes I recommend while traveling in the Philippines.  The best one for YOU will depend on many factors: availability, your size, number of passengers, amount of equipment, and your comfort level with the size of the bike.  Most rental shops have the Honda click and you can’t go wrong with it.  

TIP:  Be certain you get mirrors for the bike … even if you need to purchase them.

HONDA 125cc CLICK

HONDA 125cc CLICK

HONDA 150cc PSX

HONDA 150cc PSX

Be sure to check out our Service Directory using the link below to locate a reputable rental shop. 

RESOURCE:  Recommended Motorbike Vendors

Conclusion

ALWAYS REMEMBER:  YOU are responsible for YOUR safety!  Never assume that any car, truck, or pedestrian sees you and will follow the rules of the road.  Your safety is your responsibility, so be vigilant and smart when riding a motorcycle.  Ride Safe!

How do YOU stay safe when riding a motorcycle?

About the Author

Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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