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Five things to know before your motorcycle training

Motorcycle training is crucial for staying safe on the road. Unfortunately, far too many drivers don’t understand what it means to hit the open road. In the wrong hands, a motorcycle can be a dangerous weapon, but with the right training, you can become a safe motorist. Owning a motorcycle can be fantastic as they’re cost-effective and offer greater flexibility than cars. So, what five things should you know about before you start your training?

Understand your anxieties

There is a misconception that if you know how to drive a car, you’ll be able to ride a motorcycle. That’s not entirely true, however, as motorbikes and cars are very different from one another. Motorcycles require a whole new set of driving skills and can be quite stressful for you. It’s normal to be fearful and anxious about being on a motorcycle. You shouldn’t ignore these fears because they’re part and parcel of the experience.

You will face anxiety at some point during motorcycle training. This is a completely new experience and can be frightful when you don’t have the confidence to be in the driving seat. Talk to fellow drivers about the way you feel; there’s a lot of support for new and learner drivers.

Know every inch of the motorcycle

Before you think about tackling motorcycle training, you should know every detail about your motorbike. This allows you to know your way around the bike and lets you feel comfortable at the same time. You know where everything is and that may help build your confidence too. It’s a great way to become a more responsible (and safe) driver.

Learn the highway code

The highway code is a valuable resource road users must abide by. Unfortunately, new rules and regulations are introduced all the time. If you aren’t familiar with the latest ones, you could fail your motorcycle training before it has even begun. So, it is necessary to study the highway code until you know it like the back of your hand. It’ll make training simpler too.

Always wear appropriate clothing and shoes

You probably think all motorcyclists wear leather gear, but that’s not entirely true (or necessary). You do, however, need to wear appropriate clothing. For example, you wear open-toed sandals while riding your bike. The sandals slip off your feet, leaving you trying to ride and park a motorcycle barefoot. It’s not safe and it puts you and other road users at risk. On the other hand, a sturdy pair of boots are more reliable and safer to wear. This applies to your motorcycle training and beyond.

It’s the same for safety equipment. For instance, a helmet protects your head if you have an accident. It isn’t just a necessary tool for motorcycle training; helmets should always be worn while on the road.

Get your eyes checked

Think your vision is 20-20? Let’s be honest, no one wants to wear glasses; they’re a pain but are necessary if you need them to drive. So, before you undergo motorcycle training, get your eyes tested. A routine eye examination is all you need, and you might not need glasses. If you do, it’s likely you only need them while driving.

Air on the side of caution

Owning a motorcycle can be fantastic. It’s your chance to experience the open road like never before and with the right training, you can enjoy every second that much more. It’s important, however, to learn the latest road laws and have a check-up on your eyes before you start any training. You should also learn what you can about your bike and understand what is and isn’t appropriate to wear. Motorcycle training can be a little easier when you know a few things first.