Motorcycle Risk Management

By: Maricon Williams

What speed am I going to maintain? Is it time to swerve? Tostop? Or just go slow? Riders are oftentimes facing a situationthat absolutely needs a split-second decision in order to escapecollision. In times like this background on risk management is acrucial remedy.

Generally, risk management is understanding risks and doingsomething to circumvent or reduce the same. Thus, an expertrider knows his all the physical, environmental and vehicularlimits. Risk management comes in the form of having theappropriate safety gears, motorcycle apparel, parts and propertraining. This may also result to lesser risk of liability in anaccident. The rider who appreciates the worth of risk managementis the rider who experiences fewer collisions and is enjoyingthe most.

There are few steps to consider in risk management. These stepsare:

1.Acknowledging the existence of risk. The fist step is toadmit that there is a risk in riding. By this reason, the riderrides accordingly because risk to people and property may be atstake. 2.Risk Assessment. This is a learnt skill. Those who arenewbies are somewhat groping when it comes to assessment skills.Thus, they must exert more effort and take advantage of time toincrease their skill. The lack of protective gears while ridingis a clear manifestation that the rider has poor risk assessmentskills. 3.Risk Recognition. One cannot manage risks if he doesnot recognize them. There are two forms of risks - thesubjective and the objective. The subjective risk is that whichis inherent in a rider's attitude. Objective risk, on the otherhand, is created by environmental, vehicular and roadingconditions.

Risk management should be a natural effect of riding. Itincludes lots of factor like weather, motorcycle condition, roadconditions, rider's health and more. Sometimes riders areunaware that they are already implementing it. This issubconscious application. It is something innate that even ifyou do not think about it, it just comes out as a constructivedefense against probable road dilemma. External factors likerider's philosophies and attitude may affect his risk managementskill. Thus, it will be better if he has this possitive outlookand the urge to desist trouble and injuries.

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