Monday, September 28, 2009

Motorcycle safety tip: Keep to side of the road as far as possible

I was riding a Suzuki scooter for a few years and in all these years, I have tried my best to keep to the side of the road as far as possible and only venture to the middle of the road or to the other side of the road when I am forced to as when I have to take a turn off or I need to change lane. The reason is simple. The motorcycle has only 1 spark plug. If this spark plug fails, the motorcycle is out of power and if you are in the middle of the road, it will be extremely dangerous to try to manoeuvre to the safety of the emergency lane or to the side of the road. I liken it to a single engine airplane. If the engine died, it is tough for the plane to glide to safety.

If the video above upload successfully, you will see a very unfortunate and very frightening video showing a motorcyclist begin changing lane in front of a large truck. I suspect what I had always fear, the motor died, happened to the unfortunate motorcyclist in the video. The motorcycle slowed down just as it moved to the front of the truck. The truck continued and rolled over the motorcyclist. If you view the accident in the video, I am sure you will be frightened enough to take this safety tip to heart, keep to the side of the road as far as possible.