If you are a competent driver, you may consider buying a motorbike or scooter as well. Motorbikes can be a fantastic addition to your life, but you must remember they are not a car! If you do start using a motorcycle, you’ll become more aware of them on the roads as a car driver. Before you make any big changes to your commute, read on.
How Are You As A Driver?
We all differ in levels of driving skill, not everyone can maneuver like James Bond! If you’re not a confident driver, consider getting used to the roads first. It’s possible to take a taster course at many bike training schools. Try it out first and see how you feel. If you’re still a bit shaky, keep working at it if you’re determined to learn. It can give you a new appreciation of the road.
Motorbikes are fun to drive. However, you must be wary that the chance of an accident is much higher. Motorbike accident claims are common because other road users don’t always look out for bikes. Being a driver gives you an advantage, as you know how car drivers think. As a bike user, you must be even warier than if you were in any other vehicle.
Have You Got The Right Gear?
Having the right equipment is essential on the roads, not only for your safety but as a legal requirement. You need to make sure all equipment you buy meets any safety standards you might need to meet. If you travel abroad with your bike, you need to check then as well. Biking gear can be very expensive. You can buy good quality second-hand clothing such as jackets, protective trousers, and gloves. If you’re buying a helmet, you should never buy a secondhand one. If your helmet has been damaged in any way before you jumping on your bike, it will not protect you as well. Remember, any damage to your helmet and you need a new one!
Check Your Insurance:
As a car drive, you’ll know how important car insurance is. If you’re driving a bike, you still need to be insured. You may find that you can get a good deal if you have a good track record as a car driver. Depending on the speed of your bike, your insurance will vary. At the 125cc stage in terms of power, you might find reduced rates. Once you start to climb the power ladder, your insurance could rise too!
Have You Got The Right License?
Having a driving license doesn’t make you automatically able to go out and drive a bike but it can help. If you decide to take a course and become legal to ride on the roads, you will need to bring your full driving license. You will need to take a theory test if you want a full license for a different type of vehicle. Driving on the roads in a car should make this easier for you. It’s also useful as a refresher for your safety.
Deciding to look into a bike is a big step. Be sure that you’re ready and well-prepared before you get out on the roads in a new vehicle.