Monday, June 15, 2009

Hug side of road - Motorcycle safety tip

When you ride a motorcycle, try your best to stick to dedicated motorcycle lanes which you do not have to share with speeding cars and trucks wherever available. That is the safest place for a motorcyclist to be in. When that is not possible and you have to be on the main roads and "rubbing shoulders" with huge cars and lorries, try your best to stick to the side of the road. A motorcycle engine is only one cylinder with only one spark plug.

A motorcycle is like a single engine airplane. Now if you on a motorbike is in the middle of the road amonst the cars and trucks any the spark plug gives up on you or if the engine died for any other reason, it is like the single engine airplane in the air when there is engine failure. For the motorcyclist whose engine died while in the middle of the highway, he will be in a very dangerous situation with speeding vehicles zooming past him with the motorcycle slowly losing speed and eventually coming to a halt. Then he has to try to push the bike to the safety of the side of the highway past speeding vehicles.

Safety tip for staircase

In our life journey, we have to go up and down staircase millions of times. The staircase is a potential source of accident, especially if one is going down the staircase. If one missed a step, that can involved a potentially serious accident. This is especially for the elderly, particularly post-menopausal women whose bones may be more brittle.

All staircase should have bannister or railing for one to hold on to when climbing up or down the staircase. When climbing the stairs, always have at least one hand free to grab the bannister if one trips or lose balance especially when climbing down the staircase. Never use both hands to hold things when climbing the staircase for if you trip, you will not be able to grab the railing to steady yourself.