From speeding to inattentive drivers and wrongly calculated overtaking: there are many reasons for accidents with motorcycles. With automatic accident detection including alarm, BikerSOS as a practical app can save the lives of drivers and co-drivers – so that the next trip starts soon.
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6. Driving psychology: alone and in a group
Some, especially young men, live out their need to impress in front of companions as well as sportive competitions or hostile competition with other bikers on their machines. This considerably increases the risk of accidents: in addition to the unstable balance of a two-wheeled vehicle, strong emotions also reduce driving safety.
Alternatively, the competition leads to the gradual testing of personal and physical driving limits. A certain technical obsession or the definition of one’s own sense of value through driving performance then leads to the crossing of the border.
7. Lack of driving experience
Many beginners and experienced bikers tend to overestimate their own possibilities after being a respectful driver at first. Especially elderly men who buy a powerful and big motorcycle, possibly spontaneously, are particularly at risk here. If the weather is fine, a deceptive level of safety can then be quickly built up on fairly straight lines. Everything is going fine and they get more comfortable, but if they are not attentive anymore, the first critical situation can then lead to an accident.
8. Driving errors by cars and bikers
Drivers of cars are in a much safer environment than bikers on their machines. Some car drivers are correspondingly more inattentive. So these road users easily overlook a motorcycle with its narrow front. Especially in city traffic with high traffic density, an accident then happens quickly. Conversely, cars are less easily overlooked by motorcyclists, but this often leads to accidents, especially in cities.
Minor inattentions between drivers end in harmless minor damage, something by touching the rear bumper in traffic jams. A bike, on the other hand, often falls over, which can lead to nasty injuries to riders and co-drivers.
The driving physics of motorcycles differ considerably from that of a passenger car. Without their own bike experience, many motorists therefore lack the ability to assess the manoeuvrability and especially the acceleration and final speed of heavily motorised two-wheelers, especially at the start of the season. On motorways, for example, car drivers quickly move from driveways immediately to the left lane or cut bikes in dense city traffic.
Many cars drive too centrally on country roads in front of narrow bends. If a fast motorcycle then also comes out of the bend too centrally in a pronounced slanting position, the biker’s head can collide with the front of the vehicle, for example.
9. Demanding road conditions
Marginal or moist road surfaces as well as luxuriant roll split considerably reduce the directional stability of a bike. In autumn leaves also contribute to this. If the tires are still cold and therefore without right grip, the drive wheel in particular changes its rolling friction for sliding friction even at low speeds. Then one or both wheels slide into a position where the motorcycle and centrifugal force no longer keep the rider in suspension against gravity – the rider falls to the ground.
10. Invisible trap: gyro forces
The gyro force of rotating wheels counteracts attempts to change the wheel inclination. Tilting or straightening the machine when steering therefore costs more power – the faster the wheels turn and the more mass they have. Massive wheels with heavy tyres therefore cost noticeably power and time at high speeds when changing the direction of travel or the radius of the cornering. In the worst case, for example, an object is on the track at high speed at night in a narrow motorway bend. Reaction time and diversion time are sometimes no longer sufficient to avoid a collision.
Conclusion: Lifelong respect for the bike prolongs life
The effects of accidents are reduced to two naive insights: A two-wheeler can tip over – bikers are their own crumple zone. Those who love it physically: power is mass times acceleration. For motorcyclists and decades of driving pleasure: rest when you are tired; check your surroundings and rear-view mirrors continuously; do not prove anything to anyone – not even yourself.
All in all, an old warning from aviation can protects us: There are many old pilots, there are many cheeky pilots – there are few cheeky old pilots. And as a modern lifesaver use BikerSOS
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