How To Deal With Various Impairments That Limit Your Safe Motorcycle Riding Abilities

Do not ignore whatever hint or clue that might impair your motorcycling abilities. The main idea with almost any kinds of impairment is to recognize that you are starting to get affected. Any impairment can cloud your thinking and limits you from recognizing danger. It’s a no brainer that you should not ride a motorcycle if you are tired or fatigue or under emotional upheaval.

Riders under this particular conditions are harmful on the road and to other vehicles. Operating a machinery or vehicle should be approached cautiously if you are hungry,sick,tired,upset or distraught. If you will continue to ride or drive things might get worse. This is where road rage and accidents mostly happens. And since there is no way to measure fatigue on crash victims, these impairments should be every motorcyclist’s major concern.

When you are tired almost always your peripheral vision starts to deteriorate and it serve as as a warning that it is time to park and rest for awhile. Your sight should be your priority in keeping things in check because everything you do on a motorcycle is based on what you see. If you see things clearly ahead of you, you will have more information( minutes or seconds earlier) make good split second decision and would be able to deal with situations more easily and you will have fewer surprises. If you spot an animal in the bushes about fifty yards ahead or notice a thin layer of sand, oil collecting at the intersection or a patch of wet leaves or black ice before the bridge of if you notice the subtle head movement if the driver indicating a left turn, you are able to deal with them easily well before you even get there.

As we advance in age, our vision will gradually deteriorate. One way to know this is to have an annual eye exam. One quick visit to your eye specialist can diagnose any problem. If you have astigmatism which you are more likely to be disturbed by glare or blinding lights caused by HID headlights. Astigmatism can be corrected by wearing prescription eye wear or better yet soft contacts. Soft contacts eliminate the reflection and distortion that eyeglasses make to your field of vision. Soft contacts don’t dry out like hard contacts do. They will improve the quality of your vision. We live in an era where technology is keeping pace with the gravitational pull and deterioration of our anatomy. The latest is laser eye surgery.

Another way to take care of your line of sight is routinely wipe off smudges or surface defects on windshields,dirty and scratched faceshields and goggles. Always carry in your tank bag a piece of clean soft cloth and plastic polish, so you can buff your faceshields or goggles and remove grime,dirt and dried bugs.

There are environmental factors that can impair your ability to ride your bike safely. Riding your motorcycle in heavy traffic for a considerable time makes you absorb too much carbon monoxide and later on feels woozy. A full face helmet can seal out gasses that come from vehicles around you. You also get the same effect of dizziness,headaches and shortness of breathe due to oxygen deprivation if you venture through elevated mountain roads like the Rockies or Sierras where there is thinner air. The solution is to ride your motorcycle downhill immediately. Heat and dehydration can also disable a rider and weakens his judgment.

Riding and drinking alcohol will never go together. If you drink alcohol past the legal limit, you are likely to speed and less likely assess danger. The eight hours bottle to throttle rule should be the minimum to consider.

If you have colds or flu and taking over the counter drugs can also compromise your riding ability. These conditions can de-tune your senses and slow down your reflexes. Taking prescription as well as illegal drugs and host of other chemicals can make you drowsy, impairs your vision and weakens your judgment. If you don’t want your next ride to be your last one, be warn not to operate a vehicle while consuming them.

Bee sting or plant particles can be source of allergies. It can be disabling. Riders with severe allergic reactions to insect sting or plants can be real threat. There are potential dangers that you should prepare for and also understand how the antidote will work and affect as well.

Night solo riding also reduces the quality and distance of what you see. It will be harder to determine the road’s direction and surface at night. If you are confused, stop. Don’t guess. Keep an even and light pressure on the throttle and give yourself some room to react. Riding in the night can easily leave you in autopilot mode. You may not react to hazards quickly as you would during the day. Take regular breaks and stretch your muscles. Eat snacks. These will ward off fatigue and drowsiness on long nighttime travel.

Any hearing loss is permanent. Which is why you need hearing protection. Most riders think that most of the noise comes from the motorcycle itself. Well that’s part of it. But wind noise created by air turbulence produces almost all noise and can exceed thousand times the sound level of ordinary conversation. Wearing a full face helmet will not completely cut it. What you need are earplugs. It will reduce the amount of sound reaching your ears.

You can choose foam earplugs, which are disposable or the re-usable foam earplugs using technology similar to that found in gun user’s earplugs. The custom molded earplugs is the creme de la creme of all earplugs. It can last for years. And it’s made to perfectly fit the contours of your ear canal. So rev up that engine and let’s go for a ride.

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