Every day, there are motorcycle accidents on the roads of Knoxville. Many of them are the result of rider error and misinformation. Some bikers are not aware that some of the information they hear and believe about riding is false. Although these myths are meant to educate and inspire them to stay safe while they are out riding on the roads, they do the opposite.
Motorcycle crashes make up 14 percent of all vehicle accidents, states the Insurance Information Institute. Riders who are not properly informed about what is truth and fiction may find themselves in danger of getting hurt. Motorcyclists should make themselves aware of the following biker myths and their truths so they can take measures to improve their safety.
Helmets reduce visibility
Bikers in Tennessee must wear helmets when they ride. However, many of them do not because they do not believe in their effectiveness. There is also a common belief that helmets reduce visibility, hearing and are unattractive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bikers who wear helmets are 67 percent less likely to sustain head injuries. Bikers should follow the law and wear their helmets. They do not impact visibility or hearing and can help keep them from suffering serious, debilitating injuries and death.
Underinflating new tires
Some motorcyclists believe they do not have to break in new tires if they under inflate them. However, most motorcycle tire manufacturers recommend for bikers to break them in first. Many riders find that new tires are slick and slippery. Breaking them in gets rid of the slipperiness and increases their grip. Underinflating tires is a dangerous practice that reduces road traction, making it easier for riders to lose control of and fall off their vehicles.
With the risk of accidents increasing every day, bikers should assess their riding knowledge and behaviors and wear the right riding gear. They should also take refresher riding courses and review proper safety procedures so they can protect themselves and other motorists on the streets.