Any vehicle relies on functioning brakes to slow down and come to a stop. Brakes are one of the essential safety features that help any driver negotiate traffic, road obstructions, and turns without an accident. When brakes fail or a driver does not brake safely, a serious collision could result. Like any motorist, motorcyclists must take care to regularly maintain their brakes and watch for signs of possible defects that could compromise their ability to ride safely.
To brake safely, a motorcycle first and foremost needs well-maintained brakes. Unlike cars, motorcycles rely on just two wheels to slow and stop and thus are even more reliant on good brakes. Whenever you are preparing for a ride, check to make sure your brakes and brake lights are working. Have your brake pads inspected regularly and check your brake discs for dust buildup. An accumulation of brake dust can make it more difficult to stop quickly and may cause your brakes to slip.
Motorcycle Braking Tips
Remember that on a motorcycle you have two brakes to help you slow your bike: the front and the back brake. To stop effectively, it is best to use both brakes simultaneously. Press your back brake first, followed by your front brake, to keep the weight centered on your bike. Be sparing with your brakes in wet conditions, especially on turns. Brake well in advance of when you need to stop in case your brakes slip. This also gives drivers behind you ample warning to slow down so that you are not hit from behind.
Sometimes a devastating accident can occur even when you are doing everything that you can to operate your motorcycle safely. Adverse weather conditions, brake defects, and bad drivers can all compromise your ability to brake safely during a ride.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.