RIDING SAFELY ON HILLY ROADS
Many road accidents happen each year on hilly roads,some due to bad weather and most of them due to human negligence of the dangers surrounding riding on such roads.We too come across such situations but fail to learn from them or just think it won't happen again.Here's a list of some precautions which sure makes life around corners easier and safer.
1. PROPER RIDING GEAR-
There's no excuse for not wearing a helmet.It is the most important part of a riding gear.Wear one and you'll be thanking the gods for the helmet in case of an accident.
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2. HOLD YOUR HORSES-
Don't go flat out on hilly roads or try sticking out that knee too much ,it sure helps to turn the bike in a corner but leaning too much could put you in danger.Ride at sane speeds.Also remember to honk before entering a corner to let others know you're coming.
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Braking is a very important aspect of safety when slowing down a bike or when stopping it.Not all bikes are equipped with ABS so panic braking may put you at risk.Learn to apply the rear brakes first and then the front brake progressively to avoid skidding or falling. Remember to keep your body straight and your knees pressed on to the fuel tank when braking hard.
4. THROTTLE CONTROL-
Try not to rev the engine too hard and keep the throttle input smooth to avoid engine overheating.Keep a light wrist on the accelerator.
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5. HANDLING TRAFFIC-
Hilly road are mostly narrow and at some places have just enough space for one four wheeler to pass through,so it is important to stop and make way for bigger vehicles in narrow places to avoid falling off the cliff.
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Whether riding uphill or downhill it is important to keep the bike in the proper gear.Shifting to a lower gear helps in making an ascent.Letting a bike roll downhill in neutral gear may seem fun but it's not safe,keeping the bike in gear helps maintain control on the bike. I've had bad experiences.
7.STAY ON THE LEFT(or RIGHT) -
Always ride on the proper side of the road to avoid any unexpected collision.Both you and the oncoming vehicle may be caught unaware.
8. GROUP RIDING-
When riding in groups always maintain some distance between you and the bike in front and so must the one behind you,if any.This ensures that there isn't a pile-up when someone in the front loses control of his/her bike.Maintaining a good distance gives you time to apply brakes so that you don't end up ramming the one riding ahead you.