There is nothing as alarming as coming across an unexpected hazard in the road when you are on a motorcycle. These hazards can come in the form of debris, animals or even cargo that was poorly secured and fell into the road. Preparing yourself to safely navigate such hazards when you are riding through Georgia can boost your confidence and help you responsibly and quickly react when you encounter something unexpected.

Even the slightest movement in the wrong direction could cause you to lose control of your bike and crash. As such, it is critical that you always wear the proper safety gear to give your body added protection. According to AARP, practicing simulated encounters with road debris is imperative to your ability to respond appropriately in a real-life situation. One suggestion is that you lean into your bike toward the direction you want to turn to get around the debris. At the same time, push your hand on the same side you are turning, into the inside of your handle grip. This action will allow your front wheel to maneuver just enough to get past the debris without altering the course of your bike.

At all times, but especially when you encounter a hazard, you should maintain a strong grip on the handles of your motorcycle. Suspend your body a little bit by standing on your foot pegs to allow your bike to absorb most of the shock so your body does not take the brunt of the impact. If you do hit something in the road, immediately pull over and inspect your bike to determine that it is still safe to drive. If you see that it could potentially harm someone else, call 911 and report the debris right away.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.