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5 Ways to Cheat Death on a Motorcycle


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Five Ways to Cheat Death on a Motorcycle: Wear a Lid
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If you're looking to stay riding (and alive) for a long time, here are five tips to help you cheat death on a motorcycle.

Using information gleaned from a study which reported that motorcycle fatalities were essentially unchanged between 2010 and 2011, the Governors Highway Safety Association found that when these five specific issues are addressed, your survival odds can be increased dramatically.

Tip #1: Wear a Helmet

The GHSA study has found that helmets are 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators, and 41 percent effective for passengers.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, lids were responsible for saving the lives of 1,829 riders in 2008. NHTSA has also found that 822 of unhelmeted riders who died that year would have survived if they had been wearing helmets.

Related: Five (More) Ways to Cheat Death on a Motorcycle Safety Gear 101, An Illustrated Guide to Helmet Types

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