Your focus is important when you are out riding. Eliminating potential distractions before you get on your bike can help you to stay focused, and safe. We have put together a list of the top distractions for riders, and how you can plan to avoid them.
#1 - Handheld Devices
Your hands should be free from devices while you are riding. Devices like cell phones and GPS occupy your hands and take your attention off the road, putting you and other drivers at risk of getting into an accident. Before you get on your bike, put your devices away or in a holster. Hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth, still reduce your focus on the road. If you need to use your device, pull over to a safe spot, stop your bike, and concentrate on the task.
#2 - Hunger, Thirst, and Fatigue
If you are eating or drinking while you are riding, your full attention is not on the road. Before getting on your bike, have a bite to eat, or plan to make a pit stop along your route. If you plan on packing a lunch, pull over to a safe spot, make sure your bike is on its kickstand and the ignition is off, before indulging.
Going on a long distance ride? You should plan to take a break every couple of hours to avoid riding fatigue. A tired rider is an unfocused rider. Find a safe place to pull over and rest.
#3 - Other Drivers
You are sharing the road with other vehicles. Even if you have eliminated potential distractions for yourself, other drivers might be driving distracted. Plan your escape path at all times, staying aware of your braking limits and your skill level. Avoid driving in another vehicle’s blind spot and make eye contact with drivers who could cut you off if they don’t see you.