Riding a Motorcycle After an Accident
Both new and seasoned motorcyclists know that there are moments when riding can be a struggle, especially if you have been ‘spooked’ or have had an accident. If you have encountered an accident while riding a motorcycle and are wondering how you can overcome your fears and get back to riding again, then here are 8 tips:
1. Build up your Confidence Slowly
It is natural to have some fear of getting back on your motorcycle after a fall, but if you enjoy riding bikes, then you have to build up your confidence. Take some small steps first - like riding in your own neighborhood, riding without a passenger or even ride with a buddy you trust. You will immediately start to fall back into the feeling and memory of riding and how much you love it.
2. Do not Re-live the Incident
If you were shaken up by an accident and want to ride again try not to re-live the incident by going back to the scene of the accident; until you are completely sure you can handle the emotional trauma that comes with doing this. For instance, if you had the accident on the highway, avoid highways until you are fully confident in your skills and emotions.
3. Repairing or Trading in the Motorcycle
If you damaged your motorcycle during the incident, then the obvious first step is for a mechanic to assess the damages. When you are confident that your ride is at its best, then your fear of riding will slowly start to diminish.
If you have suffered any major damage, which makes riding on your two-wheeler difficult, then you should consider trading in the two-wheeler for a three-wheeler. Doing this allows you to continue enjoying riding, without necessarily giving up on riding altogether.
4. Get new gear
If your helmet was damaged (even slightly) during the incident, you should plan to get a new one. Your helmet is one of the essential items, which “sacrifice themselves” to ensure your safety. For this reason, they are regarded as being one-impact only. And new gear will give you a sense of total protection, giving you the confidence to get back on a motorcycle.
5. Take a Safety Class
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers. They offer basic rider courses for bikes, 3-wheels and scooters. In addition, MSF offers street rider courses and advanced rider courses. You can find a class near you or take one online at the MSF website.
As previously stated, it will take small steps for you to be able to ride again after a crash. You should realize that you will not be able to ride at full speed right away, and practicing will be of great help to getting you there. If you have injuries, practice slowly and be patient with yourself as you try to regain your riding skills.
7. Identify the Mistake
Identifying what exactly went wrong may help you avoid future mistakes and even become less frightened of getting back in the saddle.
8. Strong Support System
It helps to have positive people around you supporting you and guiding you as you heal from your injuries and as you try to get back on a motorcycle again.
9. Overcoming the Fear of Riding a Motorcycle
Identify what makes you most afraid of riding. Is it the dark? Or is it sharp bends? Well, a way of overcoming these fears is by facing it. For instance, if other vehicles headlights make you afraid while riding at night, focus on the road more keenly instead of completely avoiding night rides.
Expose yourself to more facts and knowledge on riding motorcycles. This will help you handle frightening situations with ease and confidence.