State of mind / Health / Condition Learning How to ride a motorcycle Steps of driving and using your bike

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State of mind / Health / Condition

Get into the right frame of mind

Driving a motorcycle is different from driving a car or any other kind of vehicle. As one of the smallest vehicles on the road, it takes your full concentration and attention to remain safe and in control. This means that you need to be in good physical and mental condition. Do not drive when you are sick, injured, tired, upset or impaired in any way. You need to be calm, alert and focused every time you drive.

Avoid Drugs and alcohol

Drinking alcohol increases your chances of having a collision. Alcohol can begin to affect your ability to handle your motorcycle safely at blood alcohol levels far below the legal limit. Your balance steering, speed control and distance perception may be cut off. Because alcohol also clouds your judgment, you may not recognize these symptoms of impairment until it's too late.

Besides alcohol, almost any drug can affect your ability to drive a motorcycle safely. This includes illegal and prescription drugs. It even includes non-prescription drugs such as cold tablets or allergy pills. These drugs can leave you weak, dizzy or drowsy. Make sure you know the effects of any drug before you drive. If you feel dizzy or weak while driving, stop and wait until you feel normal.

Stay calm and alert

Do not drive when you are tired. You might fall asleep while driving, risking your own life and the lives of others in the road. Even if your do not fall asleep, fatigue affects your ability to perceive and react to emergencies. Your thinking slows down and you miss seeing things. In an emergency, you may make the wrong decision or you may not make the right one fast enough.

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