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June 24, 2020

Follow These Tips to Ride Safely in the New Normal

For Honda Philippines, Inc., the No. 1 Motorcycle Manufacturer in the country, the community quarantine reinforces the need for motorcycles as a convenient and safe mode of solo transportation, helping riders get to their destinations faster and safer.

With the anticipated increase of riders on the road, it is most important that road safety must be observed at all times. Road Safety experts from Honda Safety Driving Center listed some of the key things you can do to stay safe on the road while observing physical distancing.

You will most probably need to use your motorcycle more often now, because of the limited transportation. However, the quarantine probably left your motorcycle collecting dust the past months, which is why a thorough motorcycle check is important before hitting the road.

So, before going out to ride, just remember this acronym: G.O.T. T.O. B.E. S.A.F.E.
  • General Appearance – Make sure your bike looks good and is in a rideable condition.
  • Oil – Ensure that the engine oil is between the maximum and minimum levels using the engine dipstick.
  • Tires – Check for any cracks, bulges, or signs of wear in the treads (Low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout).
  • Tension of chain – Check the chain if it’s well lubricated. Chain tension must be following your motorcycle model.
  • Operation of Controls – check throttle play, and must maintain snapback operations. Check clutch lever for free play.
  • Brakes – Check operation and cable conditions. Test both front and rear brakes to ensure these are working properly.
  • Engine – Make a visual check on your engine to see any leakages or loose fittings.
  • Side Mirror – Make sure that the side mirror is free from scratches and must be clean and clear.
  • Alignment of steering – Check smoothness of play and make sure the handlebar is securely bolted.
  • Fuel – Make sure the gasoline cap is securely closed and not leaking.
  • Electrical / Lights – Ensure all electrical-based switches and devices, like the horn and lights, are properly functioning.
All riders are required to wear a helmet and a mask when riding a motorcycle. A complete safety gear with gloves, leather jacket with an elbow and back support, and knee pads are also perfect for your riding. It pays to wear these gears to ensure your safety on the road.

Aside from traffic rules, riders must also follow and be aware of the additional guidelines set by the authorities. It is also as important to bring necessary documents, such as your license, working certificates, valid IDs, among others, since authorities may require you to show them in checkpoints.

New Riders need to take note of these rules and regulations to avoid any unnecessary rookie mistakes. So for the newbies, keep in mind to check both sides before changing lanes and use turn signals, only use the horn to communicate with other riders, and simply be alert at all times.
At this point, all road users should be aware that everyone has equal rights on the road and should not be taken advantage of.

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