New Predictive Technologies Aimed at Increasing Motorcycle Safety

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

damaged motorcycle after accident While still in the testing phase, new technologies could make Alberta motorcycle insurance claims exceedingly rare, as fewer riders may be involved in accidents with vehicles and pedestrians.

There are two safety devices that are designed to make collisions on the roadway less frequent. The systems, dubbed V2M and V2P, short for vehicle-to-motorcycle and vehicle-to-pedestrian respectively, essentially forecast potential accidents that could develop and provide riders and drivers with the tools they need to avoid them through advanced sensing and communication technologies. While these technologies have not yet spread throughout the auto indusrty, there are still some very efficient ways to stay safe when driving until these preventative systems are commonplace. 

Motorcycle safety is a key issue for riders, both new and highly trained. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides a helpful mnemonic device that can help you steer clear of accidents. It's called...

 The "SEE" system:

  • S is for Search: When on the road, be sure you keep your eyes constantly moving so that you can be aware of what's going on around you. This includes cars that are exiting from parking lots, pedestrians and runners on the side of the street and wayward animals going into traffic. Additionally, you should watch for divots in the road, as a motorcycle typically isn't able to absorb the impact quite like a car or truck.

  • E is for Evaluate: Riding on a motorcycle is a constant evaluation process. Be sure you respond to each situation in a manner that errs on the side of caution. For example, if a car is bearing down quickly and you want to get into traffic, it's best to wait until a vehicle either lets you out into or is at the very least moving at a slower speed.

  • E is for Execute: Once a decision has been made on the road, ensure that it's effectively communicated. For instance, while motorcycles typically have turn signals, it's a good idea to also indicate which way you're going by using your left or right hand. This will give everybody that's traveling on the road the information they need to know so they can adjust their driving accordingly.

Here are a few other top tips to keep in mind when on your motorcycle:

  • When traveling on the highway, maintain a following distance of between two and four seconds. On sunny days, two seconds may be sufficient, but when it's raining, it may take longer to stop, thus requiring more space.

  • Check your rearview mirror before slowing down. While all motorists should maintain a safe traveling distance, it's not something everyone does. Just before you take your foot off the gas and begin braking, look in your rearview mirror. If the driver is close behind, lightly tap on the brakes to show that you intend to come to a stop or reduce your speed.

  • Remind passengers of the best way to ride. If you have someone on the back of your motorcycle, be sure that they understand what they need to do in order to stay safe. For instance, when rounding a tight corner on a road, they may feel like they should lean in the opposite direction in order to keep the bike balanced. In reality, they should lean into the turn.