Six bad riding habits you must get rid of – MotoPilipinas

By MotoPilpinas


Most motorcycle riders here in the Philippines learned handling their two-wheeled machines the “informal” way.

Once we learn how to balance a bike, we approach a friend or probably a relative who’d bark instructions while we fiddle the levers and step on the gear shifter. Coughing up money for formal training is kind of unheard of.

So we gain our “riding expertise” though experience without even noticing that we have been picking bad habits along the way.

These habits seem harmless until we meet our first accident. Hassle, ‘di ba?

So what are these things that we have to get rid of?

  • This thinking that you’re an expert rider (kahit hindi)

Experience alone does not make one a proficient rider. I found this out while joining the media challenge at the Honda Safety Riding Center (HSRC). I’ve been riding for more than five years now, but going through the course made me discover I was lacking in proficiency.

Unless you approach and learn from real experts, you’ll never realize the dangers you’re exposing yourself to.

Solution? Be honest with yourself and assess your skills. Undergo real training. You can pay up for riding courses at the HSRC or undergo free training with rider groups like the Ride Guardians to upgrade your knowledge about proper bike handling.

Make sure that you practice what you’ve learned to keep ‘em skills sharp.

  • This thinking that you’re always visible
A vest like the one this man is wearing helps the rider more visible especially at night.
\ A vest like the one this man is wearing helps the rider more visible especially at night.

Whenever you ride, you should always assume you are invisible. Lalo na when you ride near cars, buses and large trucks.

Four wheeled-vehicles have blind spots so it would be hard for car drivers to see if you’re there or not. So avoid putting yourself in areas where you’d be vulnerable (lalo na sa kanan).

To help improve your visibility, wear something that will make you noticeable.

Black is cool, yes, but you have to include your safety into the equation. Add reflectorized decals on your bike if needed. Others install loud pipes to improve their road presence (but too much noise could also be an issue).

  • This thinking that you’re invincible

This fault is common among those who love to weave in and out of their lanes (at high speeds). Overconfidence can cause you to become complacent in recognizing potential dangers lalo na kapag matagal ka nang ‘di naa-aksidente.

It causes you to disobey traffic rules (kasi mabilis naman ang motor mo at ‘di ka naman nahuhuli), overlook the tiny problems in your bikes (like lawlaw na palang kadena mo), and disregard public safety (kasi magaling at matulin kang magmotor).

Solution? Always be vigilant on the road. Get into the habit of recognizing clues that should alert you to threats. Be conscious about riding safely.

  • This thinking that the coast is clear
All bikes in this photo are in Blind Spot of the truck driver and are invisible to him. Image from Reddit Pics
All bikes in this photo are in Blind Spot of the truck driver and are invisible to him. Image from Reddit Pics

Most accidents happen in intersections or blind curves. There are riders who always assume they are fast enough to squeeze in even while a truck is making a turn (kaya may mga naiipit).

A lot of riders also assume the coast is clear around corners. Sila ‘yung mga umo-overtake kahit nasa kurbada while assuming there’s no oncoming vehicle. They always “assume” because they thought that the coast is clear.

H’wag mag-assume. Maraming pusong nasaktan dahil nag-assume (hugot). Mas maraming nasaktan sa kalsada dahil nag-assume.

  • Your refusal to wear gears
Because manong think he’s sexy.
Because manong think he’s sexy.

This one is not limited to just helmets. Some riders ride their motorcycles even in their “short-shorts.” Some riders straddle their bikes even while wearing flip-flops. Pag sumemplang naman, tocino ang balat o kaya bali ang daliri sa paa which is like eeeewww, er no, ooooouch!

The longer the distance you have to ride, the more complete your riding gear should be. If you’re riding your way to work, make sure you wear a jacket and a pair of long pants. If you’re guy, wearing short-shorts is a no-no on a bike (as in NO-NO!), whether you’re travelling near or far. Kahit girls (waw sexy!).

If you’re going for a long ride, make sure you have shoulder, elbow and knee pads to protect your joints against impact in case of a spill.

Because manong think he’s sexy.

Wearing a helmet is a must while riding.  A wise man once told me that there’s no difference between this pavement near your house and that pavement away from your house. Parehong konkreto ‘yun, therefore masakit ‘pag humampas ang ulo mo dun.

  • This habit of being an idiot

Yeaaah… just being stupid.

Like letting destructive influence affect your ego while riding.

Like napatapat ka lang sa maangas na rider dun sa may stop light… bomba s’ya, bomba ka, karera, tapos BOOOM. Or getting intoxicated with alcohol or drugs then you ride (imagine riding a motorcycle while having ecstasy in your system).

‘Yung alam mo nang mali pero ginagawa mo pa din.

Solution. Don’t be an idiot.

Sources: Riding in the Zone, 8 Great Beginner Riding Habits

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