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Avoidance tactics better than laying a motorcycle down

One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists in California comes when vehicles turn left in front of them. In this situation, many riders believe the best maneuver is laying the motorcycle down. According to RideApart.com, this obstacle avoidance tactic is often used by those who do not fully understand how effective their braking systems will perform in this situation.

Riders who are unsure of how to use their brakes to the best advantage in emergency circumstances may benefit from practicing on a deserted stretch of concrete, such as a large, empty parking lot. Beginning at a low rate of speed, motorcyclists should apply their brakes up to the locking point until they feel confident in bringing the motorcycle to the quickest stop possible. With this level of control, riders should be able to tell exactly how much time and space it will take to keep from hitting the offending driver's vehicle.

Even at this point, if a rider sees that braking alone is not enough, laying down the motorcycle is not likely to be the most successful method to prevent the collision. Motorcycle Central explains that swerving may also be necessary. If possible, the rider should brake first, then let off the brake and swerve. If there is not time to brake first, then the rider should swerve first, then brake. Swerving and braking at the same time will result in a crash.

Ultimately, riders should understand that their brakes will grip the road better than the side of the bike and their boots, clothing and skin. Even a collision may be less dangerous than the effects of severe road rash, which often results in loss of muscle and bone as well as skin, and broken bones crushed by the weight of the motorcycle.

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