Anticipate and manage risks when you ride motorcycle on highway/expressway

Bikers are exposed to dangers more than that of any other automobile drivers. Motorcyclists are less visible and more unstable than other vehicle drivers on the road. Therefore, it is crucial for them to be aware of the risks present on the driveways and the remedies they can use in case they are involved in a traffic mishap.

Riding on a highway is a unique experience. It is nothing like riding in the glazed urban streets or on a single carriageway road. You need to have a different set of skills to ride safely on a highway. It is especially true for new riders, who are not experienced enough to take the risk head-on. The though of riding on a highway can be an intimidating idea in itself. Mentioned below are some common questions answered about highway riding to help you prepare for a safe ride.

Joining a highway

While you are entering the highway on a slip road, you should maintain a set speed which allows you to join the highway seamlessly. Also, ensure that you match the speed of the vehicles moving in your left-hand lane. This will enable you to integrate with the other commuters smoothly. For a safer turn, ensure that your signal early to tell the passer-by that you want to join the highway. By doing this, you are carrying out a blind spot check before merging onto the lane.

Staying concentrated on the highway

It is hard to focus when several vehicles are moving past you at high speeds. You need to be peculiarly focused when riding on the highway. Some vehicles can move lane without giving an indication. Therefore, it is imperative to be alert and take quick decisions when driving on a highway. Maintain your focus and look head while riding. If at all you feel uncomfortable or tired, take a break.

The perfect distance between vehicles on the highway

The faster you are moving, the bigger should be the breaking distance. Generally, vehicles run at a speed of speed of up to 70mph on a highway. It is recommended to maintain a distance of at least two seconds to reduce the possibility of a collision. In case the vehicle ahead you take a sudden brake, there needs to be a large gap to ensure your safety.

On the other hand, if the roads are wet or there is a visibility issue, then a distance greater than two seconds should be maintained.

Checking the health of your bike

Highways are long and monotonous. Having a mechanical problem in the middle of a highway can be dangerous and troublesome at the same time. Hence, it is advisable to get your bike and its components serviced and repaired before heading the highway. This minimizes the chance of casualty, and you can entirely concentrate on the roads.

Being visible on the highway

There are several large vehicles frequently changing lanes on the highway. It is important to be clearly visible to all commuters when you are riding at such a high speed. Keep your front lights on at all times so that you can be seen in the mirrors of other vehicles. Buy hi-vis clothes if you frequently ride in the dark.

Preferred lane on the highway

It is best to stay in the left lane if you are riding on a highway. Move from one lane to another only if you are overtaking. Riding in the middle will make you feel vulnerable and on edge.

Riding on a highway necessitates faster speeds and overtaking. There is an excellent chance of crashing while passing or at junctions. If you are a responsible biker who believes in his safety and that of others on the road, you should be well versed with the essential techniques you need while riding on a highway. Also, don’t forget to insure your bike with a comprehensive two wheeler insurance policy. A two-wheeler insurance policy covers your bike against several unfortunate incidences.

Author: Chakraborty

Dr Chakrabarty is the Chief Innovation Officer of IntuiComp TeraScience. Earlier she was Assistant Professor of Delhi University, a QS ranked university in India. Before that she has held research positions in IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai and IISc Bangalore. She holds 2 patents and over 20 research publications in her name which are highly cited. Her area of research is in smart technologies, integrated devices and communications. She also has a penchant for blogging and is an editor of Business Fundas.