Motorcycle Risk Management

What speed am I going to maintain? Is it time to swerve? To
stop? Or just go slow? Riders are oftentimes facing a situation
that absolutely needs a split-second decision in order to escape
collision. In times like this background on risk management is a
crucial remedy.

Generally, risk management is understanding risks and doing
something to circumvent or reduce the same. Thus, an expert
rider knows his all the physical, environmental and vehicular
limits. Risk management comes in the form of having the
appropriate safety gears, motorcycle apparel, parts and proper
training. This may also result to lesser risk of liability in an
accident. The rider who appreciates the worth of risk management
is the rider who experiences fewer collisions and is enjoying
the most.

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

1. Acknowledging the existence of risk. The fist step is to
admit that there is a risk in riding. By this reason, the rider
rides accordingly because risk to people and property may be at
stake. 2. Risk Assessment. This is a learnt skill. Those who are
newbies are somewhat groping when it comes to assessment skills.
Thus, they must exert more effort and take advantage of time to
increase their skill. The lack of protective gears while riding
is a clear manifestation that the rider has poor risk assessment
skills. 3. Risk Recognition. One cannot manage risks if he does
not recognize them. There are two forms of risks – the
subjective and the objective. The subjective risk is that which
is inherent in a rider’s attitude. Objective risk, on the other
hand, is created by environmental, vehicular and roading

Risk management should be a natural effect of riding. It
includes lots of factor like weather, motorcycle condition, road
conditions, rider’s health and more. Sometimes riders are
unaware that they are already implementing it. This is
subconscious application. It is something innate that even if
you do not think about it, it just comes out as a constructive
defense against probable road dilemma. External factors like
rider’s philosophies and attitude may affect his risk management
skill. Thus, it will be better if he has this possitive outlook
and the urge to desist trouble and injuries.

Maricon Williams