As the community quarantine relaxes, thousands of workers are back to plying the roads to go to their workplace. Of course now, they have to follow strict health and safety protocols.
Public transport is operational, but there are still limitations to ensure social distancing among passengers. For instance, PUVs have limited passenger capacity. This new normal is prompting more commuters to turn to motorcycles and bicycles as their mode of solo transportation.
While anticipating the increase of solo riders on the road, it is important that road safety must be observed at all times. Road safety experts from Honda Safety Driving Center listed some of the key things you can do to stay safe on the road while observing physical distancing:
Check your motorcycle
The quarantine has probably left your beloved motorcycle collecting dust in the past months, so it’s only fitting that you do a thorough check before hitting the road.
Before going out to ride, remember this acronym: G.O.T. T.O. B.E. S.A.F.E.
- General Appearance – Make sure your bike looks good and is in a rideable condition.
- Oil – Ensure that the engine oil is between the maximum and minimum levels using the engine dipstick.
- Tires – Check for any cracks, bulges, or signs of wear in the treads (Low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout).
- Tension of chain – Check the chain if it’s well lubricated. Chain tension must be following your motorcycle model.
- Operation of Controls – check throttle play, and must maintain snapback operations. Check clutch lever for free play.
- Brakes – Check operation and cable conditions. Test both front and rear brakes to ensure these are working properly.
- Engine – Make a visual check on your engine to see any leakages or loose fittings.
- Side Mirror – Make sure that the side mirror is free from scratches and must be clean and clear.
- Alignment of steering – Check smoothness of play and make sure the handlebar is securely bolted.
- Fuel – Make sure the gasoline cap is securely closed and not leaking.
- Electrical / Lights – Ensure all electrical-based switches and devices, like the horn and lights, are properly functioning.
Wear proper protective gear
All riders are required to wear a helmet and a mask when riding a motorcycle. A complete safety gear with gloves, leather jacket with elbow and back support, and knee pads will also ensure your safety on the road.
Follow traffic rules and guidelines
Aside from traffic rules, riders must also follow and be aware of the additional guidelines set by the authorities. It is also important to bring necessary documents, such as your license, working certificates, and valid IDs.
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