(HealthDay News) --In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says.
The council offers these suggestions for safer riding:
- Always wear a full-coverage helmet.
- Choose a bike that fits you.
- Invest in antilock brakes.
- New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses.
- Be familiar with the rules of the road.
- Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill than riding alone.
- Never drink and operate your motorcycle.
- Drive defensively, particularly in intersections -- where half of all collisions occur.
- Watch for hazards, such as potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel.
- Assume it is difficult for other drivers to see you.
- Use headlights all the time.
- Be courteous and do not drive recklessly.
- Don't speed.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing and boots that cover the ankles.
- Wear goggles, glasses or use a ventilated face shield.