The motorcycle has become a universal symbol of independence and freedom. It is also a convenient form of transportation that makes it easier for people to get around. However, it is not without its risks. Most accidents that involve motorcycles are caused by people who are not paying attention or driving recklessly. To reduce these types of accidents, it is important to understand the basics of motorcycle safety.
The first motorcycle was a three-wheel design conceived by Edward Butler in England in 1884. It employed a gas engine mounted between two steerable front wheels, which were connected to the drive wheel through a chain. Butler’s prototype was shown at the Stanley Cycle Show in London in 1885. In Germany, Gottlieb Daimler improved on the original with a new four-stroke internal combustion engine invented by Nicolaus Otto. He later founded a company that would evolve into the corporation we know today as Mercedes-Benz. Daimler’s new bike was called the Reitwagen and was the first to be manufactured on a production line (Chandra, 2017).
The small size of most motorbikes make them easy to miss in cars’ blind spots. This can lead to drivers misjudging their speed or deciding to pull out into traffic in the wrong place at the wrong time. To avoid this, it is best to always look twice before turning or changing lanes, especially when passing a motorcycle. In addition, it is a good idea to wear proper safety gear and never ride a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.