Riding a motorcycle can give you many advantages which driving a car can’t. You can wend your way through traffic, avoid getting stuck in traffic jams and park in small spaces. Plus, there’s a certain sense of freedom in riding a motorcycle because you’re not confined within a small space, the way you are in a car.

At the same time, it’s even more important to ride safely than it is to drive safely. The fact that your body is exposed to the elements means that if you’re caught in a motorcycle accident, you will suffer severe consequences. Learning to use your brakes correctly and cornering your bike in the right way will help you to prevent a motorcycle accident.

Front and Rear Brakes

There are two kinds of motorcycles—sport bikes and cruisers. Sport bikes can go at higher speeds while cruisers are, as the name suggests, better for long distances than for speed. Most sport bike users tend to use the front brake more while those who ride cruisers tend to use the rear brake more. But if you want to learn to ride well, you have to start using both, the front and rear brakes.

The front brake has 65—100% of the braking power while the rear brake has about 35%. Depending on the type of bike you’re riding, you’ll need to rely more on one or the other. But you still need to keep in mind that there are two types of brakes and learn to use them both if you want to ride safely and avoid motorcycle accidents.

Braking Before Turning

Another thing motorcyclists need to keep in mind is that when they’re turning a corner, especially if they’re going at a high speed, they need to hit the brake before they turn the corner and not after they’ve already started turning. This will give them the control they need to avoid a motorcycle accident.

Contact us to learn more about using your brakes safely in order to avoid a motorcycle accident.

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