Defensive Driving Tips

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  • A must read if you ride or are even considering a motorcycle.
  • This book is very useful. Everyone should read it not just bikers.
  • It is very informative. A must have. 
  • All riders need to be informed. Read it.
  • The unwritten helmet law was the best part of the book. There are laws and issues most motorcycle riders do not know about. The most useful part of the book was the insurance section. Read it and learn from it. It could save everything you own and your way of life.
  • If you drive or ride a motorcycle you should get this book. If you move here from another state, it helps you understand the different laws. The whole book is useful.
  • Knowledge is power! You must read this book.
  • I absolutely would recommend this book. You can't have too much info and even if you read the book and get just one "I did not know that" it will be time well spent.
  • Read this book and learn.
  • The most useful part about the book is how the other drivers insurance company can turn the tables and make me a victim. Absolutely great info. A must read! You might need the info someday if not now.
  • Good resource.
  • Useful information that may be needed in the future.
  • Great, knowledgeable, informative in case of an accident and what steps to take. I highly recommended.


One key to staying safe while riding is driving defensively. You use this same tactic while driving your car, so why not use it when riding your bike? Experienced riders advise newcomers to drive under the theory that you are invisible to all others on the road, so you have to be doubly conscious and cautious.

50% of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. Keep this in mind when you approach and travel through one. Cars may not see you on a bike when under the same circumstances they would normally see you in a car. They may pull out in front of you from driveways or take a turn unexpectedly.

Any lane changes or sudden braking you make should be preceded by a mirror check, whenever possible. Rear-end motorcycle accidents are often more serious as bikes can be pulled under and dragged, or riders can be ejected. Always use your signals and look before making any turns or lane changes as cars may speed up or slow down unpredictably, and they may not see you.

Road hazards such as potholes, uneven pavement, grooves, and debris are more than mere annoyances to riders. Even puddles and small oil spots can cause serious accidents. Riders have to be able to spot these hazards from a distance to plan how to go around them.