Safety Tips For Two Wheelers

When you ride a two wheeler, you will often see boards that say ‘Wear Helmet, Drive Safe’ or ‘Speed thrills but kills’. These are to be taken very seriously. The worst and most unfortunate thing that can ever happen to someone on the road is an accident. Given the rate at which traffic is increasing on the road, collisions are common these days.

According to a report f NCRB (National Crimes Record Bureau), every year above 1.4 million collisions or road accidents take place in India. The shocking fact about this is more than 50 % of these road accidents happen due to the carelessness of the driver or rider. Bad overtaking, rash driving and speeding are some of the most common causes for accidents these days. It is of utmost importance that you drive / ride safely on the road. One small mistake can be fatal to you, someone with you or someone else on the road. The best method of avoiding dangerous accidents on the road is to follow safe driving rules. Here are a few tips that should help you drive / ride safe, provided you follow them and do not break rules.

Keep the vehicle safe:

It does not matter how safe you ride. Unless your two wheeler is in perfect riding conditions, you cannot guarantee that an accident will not take place. Maintaining your two wheeler is not just important to give it a longer life span. If you wish to be safe on the road, you will have to maintain your vehicle. However, this is one of the most ignored things when it comes to safety measures. One of the common maintenance issues that leads to accidents on the road is wrong tire pressure. If the tire pressure is uneven, it can lead to a blowout which might make the two wheeler fall and crash. You must check the pressure in your vehicle’s tyres using a pressure gauge at any of the auto parts shop. Uneven wear and tear on the tyres must be checked too. The brakes on the two wheelers are extremely important. Make sure that they are in proper working condition before you’re on the move.

Avoid Distractions:

You must be extremely careful and alert when you wish to ride safely on your two wheeler. Handling children, listening to music, talking over the phone, eating, etc. are some the distractions that can lead to dangerous accidents. Phones should never be used when you are riding. It might seem to be a harmless activity to pick up a call but when you are on the road and riding, this can definitely prove to be fatal. However, if it is extremely important for you to receive the call, you must pull over the two wheeler to the side of the road and then take the call. In several countries, talking on the phone while riding has been banned. This step has been taken to reduce the number of road accidents that take place every year. To avoid distraction, you should only ride with one pillion. If you carry more than what your two wheeler can take, you might get distracted while riding, which is not advisable on the road.

Don’t beat traffic lights:

In India, breaking the traffic signal is a very common thing. At every other road intersection, you will see someone jumping the signal. Most people think that jumping the red light will save them some time. However, studies have revealed that if people follow road rules and the signals, reaching on time will never be a problem. The traffic movement will also happen safely and smoothly. Accidents can happen in a fraction of time, so think again when you plan to jump a signal. When you jump a signal, not only are you posing threat to your own life and vehicle, but also to the lives of other individuals on the road. The traffic signals are not the only road signs that you must know. There are several other road signs, and knowing them well and following them all the time is the key to ride or drive safely on the traffic filled roads on this country.

Change lanes with caution:

Different accidents on the road can happen due to the rash and careless driving of the drivers. One must be extremely cautious while changing lanes. Overtaking and changing lanes can cause immense damage. While riding, you must never wander all over the road. The white dashed lines are drawn for a reason, so you should stay between them. You should also keep an eye out for other drivers. Even if you ride carefully, someone else might not. Always stay prepared for reckless lane changing by other drivers or riders. Your focus should not be only on the road are the car in front of you. Focus on the side lanes too and keep an eye out for sudden brakes or stops.

Be careful when the weather is not right:

If you are a highway rider, bad weather can be definitely a problem for you. You should be absolutely careful if you are riding on a foggy or rainy day. If you do not wish to skid on the road when you must ride at a slower pace than usual. The tread depth of the tyres must be checked. Never slam on the brakes even if your vehicle skids. It is a very difficult situation when you ride or drive in fog. Use the low beam lights if your vehicle is not equipped with fog lamps.

Keep your distance from the car ahead of you:

If you wish to avoid sudden collisions, keep some gap between your two wheeler and the vehicle in front. In case that vehicle stops all of a sudden, you will need reaction time to stop. There must be enough space ahead of you to stop without bumping into the vehicle in front of you. In order to maintain safe distance from the vehicle ahead, you should maintain a gap of 2 seconds. If the weather is foggy then the gap should be of 4 seconds.

Do not over-speed:

Several accidents take place on the roads as the two wheeler riders over speed. The reasons for over speeding can be fun, meeting deadlines or just to show off. The risk factor is multiplied when you over speed on the roads. It can lead to several injuries when you meet with an accident. At high speeds, a two wheeler will be needing more space than usual to come to a sudden stop. Chances of skidding are also more when you are riding at a high speed. Your ability to judge the traffic will also be reduced when you ride at a high speed. If you wish to avoid unwanted collisions then you must obey the traffic rules properly.

Do not drink and drive:

If you have consumed alcohol then it is not advisable to ride or drive. Even if you feel that you are capable of riding, you should never do it. According to studies, drunk drivers are the cause of 30% deaths for road accidents. In India, it is a crime to drive or ride after drinking or consuming drugs. If you are found to have more than 30 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood you can be imprisoned for a period of six months. A fine of Rs 2000 will be charged too.

Do not avoid the safety gears:

If you are riding a two wheeler, you must always wear your helmet. Ensure that the pillion has a helmet on too. In case there is an accident, the helmet will definitely reduce the intensity of the injury to a great extent. In India, it is mandatory for the two wheeler riders to wear helmets. The pillion must wear a helmet too, as per the law. Ignoring these things will invite danger and penalty.

Be Responsible while riding Two Wheeler:

Most riders and drivers are aware of all the tips that have been given here. However, that does not reduce the number of accidents that take place on the road, every year. This is mostly cause because the riders and drivers are irresponsible. It is of utmost importance that you be a responsible rider or driver on the road. If you are careless, you are putting your life and someone else’s life in danger too. Be responsible and do the right thing.

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News about Safety Tips For Two Wheelers

  • Not Wearing Seatbelts Can Cost your Driving Licence Going Forward

    From decades, traffic police across the country have spoken about the importance of wearing seatbelt. This time, The Transport Department of Bihar has taken this issue seriously. They have been checking cars, especially SUV drivers to find if they are using seatbelt while driving. IF caught for the first time, a monetary fijne is charged. However, if it is a repeat offence, the department is planning on cancelling the driving licence.

    The Transport Department of Bihar believes that this will discourage people to drive without seatbelts and ensure road safety is given the due importance. So, wear your seatbelts if you do not want to lose your driving licence.

    10 April 2018

  • City Traffic Warden Helps College Students By Conducting Regular Awareness Programme

    In a recent anti-ragging and traffic awareness programme which was conducted in the Sankara College, police officers were invited to talk about the cons of ragging and traffic. These awareness programmes are appreciated by many as it instilled a feeling of responsibility among the young generation.

    A. Senthilkumar, the college’s computer science department faculty and NSS coordinator, stated that the talk about safe driving practices were very important as about 70% in his college ride a two-wheeler to reach office.

    He als stated that this college does not only conduct traffic awareness programmes but also makes sure that their students have a valid DL, updated insurance, and carry helmets. Without wearing an helmet, students are not allowed in this campus.

    Similarly, city traffic warden in coimbatore also conducted traffic awareness campaign among colleges which highlighted the ill effects of using mobile phone while driving, triple driving, and not using helmet. 

    27 July 2017

  • Those without ISI helmet will face heat

    The Centre has been tightening up screws against two-wheeler riders who have been hitting the road without wearing an ISI mark helmet. This move has been launched to arrest the rising number of road accidents involving two-wheelers.

    The ISI mark was introduced and coined by the Bureau of Indian Standards as a mark of good quality. Helmets with this mark are much more stronger and can act as a protective shield in the event of an accident or collision. This move came to the forefront after an RTI application was filed by a filmmaker in Delhi.

    6 July 2017

  • Cops request riders to wear helmets

    In Goa, 480 people have encountered death in road accidents in the past seventeen months. Out of these accidents, 69% were two wheeler riders and their pillion riders. Most deaths occurred because of head injuries. Due to this massive number of accidents on the road, Goa traffic police has come up with an advisory for all the two wheeler riders and their pillions to be safe and wear helmet. According to Goa Motor Vehicle Rules 1991, it is not compulsory for the pillion rider to wear a helmet. However, the cops have requested the Goa Government to amend the rules and make it compulsory for both two wheeler riders and pillions.

    As per the data shown by traffic police in the year 2016, 228 people out of the 336 people killed in accidents were bikers. In 2017, 103 out of the 144 people who were killed in road accidents were motorcyclists. Further analysis of these data have shown that out of the 228 dead motorcyclists, 42 were pillion riders and the rest 186 were riders. The cops have requested all riders and pillions to wear helmets and fasten the straps while riding in order to save their lives from brutal accidents.

    3 July 2017

  • Helmets to Become Mandatory from the 1st of May

    Individuals who ride two-wheelers in Puducherry must ensure that they wear helmets from the 1st of May. According to Transport Commissioner SD Sundaresan, two-wheelers were responsible for 85% of the overall number of vehicles sold in the town. Out of the 66,378 vehicles sold in Puducherry in 2016-17, two-wheelers accounted for 57,439 of the figure, and out of 1755 road accidents that took place over the same period, 219 were fatal. Of the total number of accidents, 831 involved two-wheelers, with 79 resulting in fatalities. Since ISI-quality helmets have the potential to lower the risks of severe head injuries by more than 70%, all government departments have received circulars to ensure that riders wear helmets.

    4 May 2017

  • Not wearing a helmet could cost your Driving Licence

    Madurai: If you are motorcyclist, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is legal requirement. Effective 1st of April, if you fail to follow this rule, the RTO will seize you vehicle documents and suspend your DL. The government has witnessed a large number of accidents that happens on Indian roads. Wearing a helmet will not only increase your chances of saving yourself in case of an accidents but also ensure that you are meeting the legal requirements for road safety. From 10st of April, two-wheeler owners are expected to wear helmets failing to which could attract heavy penalty and legal action from the government.

    12 April 2017

  • Bengaluru: New traffic rules to ease vehicle and pedestrian movements

    The increasing traffic has resulted in the number of accidents increasing in Bengaluru. The Traffic Police Department has been taking various digitization initiative to decongest the city’s traffic while ensuring motorists and pedestrians’ safety. If you haven’t noticed already, the Traffic Police has introduced the new Zig-Zag Lines and Yellow Boxes on few of the busiest junctions across the city. The Zig-Zag lines will stop vehicles from crossing it when the signal is turned red and the Yellow Boxes are the zero-tolerance zone for traffic violations. The Traffic Police will be monitoring the vehicle movements over these painted patterns to book traffic violation. The initiative will help in reducing congested junctions and also ensure the safety of pedestrians while crossing the roads. The Traffic Police Department has already booked over 1800 cases on a single day for traffic violations related to the new Zig-Zag Lines and Yellow Boxes.

    4 April 2017

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