RIDING A TWO WHEELER

 

The Motor Vehicle Acts Legislation a 16 year old is eligible to ride an upto 50 C.C. two-wheeler without license.

This is too big a temptation for young ones to resist.

Almost every student in grade VIII is seen to ride one. Some do so even earlier.

As much fun as it would seem, one must always remember that a two-wheeler is in itself a dangerous vehicle. As you already know by now every rider of a two-wheeler exposes himself to dangers on the road, taking him a vulnerable road user. One must, therefore, avoid riding before time wait until you are ready and have mastered the art of riding a bike.

Balancing and proper positioning are two of the main things you need to learn apart from signaling, turning around bends and corners and dodging obstacles, proper braking techniques etc.

some safety tips on riding a two-wheeler:

1)     Protect yourself:

a.     Use a helmet. Most deaths occur on a result of head injury. A helmet greatly reduces the chances of fatalities. Use a good helmet that covers the jaws.

b.     Protect your eyes. A helmet with a plastic face shield is the best. This is essential to protect the eye from wind, dust, dirt, rain insects etc.

c.      Leather jacket, gloves and boots can protect against minor injuries or bruises.

2)     Make yourself visible:

a.     Stay away from the blind spots of vehicles, trucks and buses in particular.

b.     Wear a bright colored helmet, or wear reflective bands over helmet, sides and back of two wheeler.

3)     Maintain safe distance from vehicles:

a.     Never stop right behind (or in front of) a vehicle. Give yourself even space to move or man oeuvre as and when required.

b.     Keep a distance while overtaking parked or moving vehicles or while overtaking other vehicles on the road.

c.      Desist from weaving in an out of traffic.

4)     Look out for obstacles and road hazards:

a.     Pot-holes, garbage piles, speed breakers, railway crossings, oil-spills, dirt roads, stray animals can pose a serious threat if we are not watchful.

5)     Maintain your bike well:

a.     Have your bike checked and serviced regularly.

b.     Always check brakes, tyre condition, air pressure, suspension before a drive.

c.      A well maintained bike reduces risk of accidents while increasing fuel efficiency.