Singapore is unquestionably one of the world’s most cosmopolitan countries. People come from all over the world to stay here and experience a glamorous but fast-paced lifestyle. This glam Singaporean lifestyle attracts thousands of worldwide travelers. The results can be seen on Singapore’s streets. The long and narrow streets are filled with fast-moving vehicles. This is why riding a motorcycle in Singapore is considered a risky venture.
So, back to the topic of this article, Is it dangerous to ride a motorbike in Singapore?
To an extend – Yes
Not only in Singapore but riding motorbikes is also dangerous in all regions of the world, especially in congested locations with fast-paced traffic. The number of motorcycle accidents is frightening, according to Statista. An average year in Singapore sees roughly 3,500 motorcycle accidents, with approximately 500 of them resulting in serious injuries. Although the number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents is lower than it was a few years ago, it is still something to keep in mind if you plan on riding a motorcycle in Singapore. Despite the risk, we can’t deny that motorbikes are far less expensive than vehicles and other four-wheelers.
In this post, we’ll go over some things to think about when riding a motorbike on Singapore’s streets — safely!
Safety starts before you press the starter button
- In the event that the worst case should happen, you must be well protected. Wear a high-quality helmet and secure it securely. Gloves, boots, and protective gear are also required – even in the hot and humid Singapore you are living in. You hope you don’t need them, but it’s too late to start planning ahead of time if you do.
- Never try to save some money on on tyres. A good set of tyres decide staying upright and not.
- Stick to the scheduled maintenance plan, and don’t forget to check the chain. You’re going nowhere without the chain, which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to get away from danger.
- Inspect your motorbike for anything abnormal. Is there an oil leak? Is the chain loose? Do your turn signals and brake lights work? Detecting issues before you go on the road might save your life.
- Squeeze the brake and clutch levers. Do they have a spongy texture? Does the lever always return to the bar? Make the necessary repairs. Is it possible for the throttle to return to its completely open position on its own?
On the road
- Assume that everyone is out to get you. Most cars don’t see motorcycles, and those that do tend to swerve around them. When you’re on your way to the hospital, it’s pointless to argue over who is at fault.
- Steer clear of blind areas. If you can’t see a driver’s face in their rearview mirror, chances are they can’t see you either. Even better, ride beside the driver so they can’t miss you.
- Lane-splitting – or riding between other cars’ lanes – is undesirable but not banned in Singapore. Lane splitting between moving cars is dangerous and should be avoided. Proceed with caution when passing between halted cars. Be careful that passengers may abruptly open car doors, and pedestrians may emerge seemingly out of nowhere.
- Driving on wet roads necessitates additional caution. Because it delivers oil to the surface without washing it away, light rain can make roadways more slippery than heavy rain. Avoid riding in the middle of the lane, where oil may have gathered.
- You need nearly double the distance to stop in the wet as you need in the dry, so alter the spacing between you and the car ahead to compensate. Slow down as well — braking distances grow significantly with speed.
So keep it in mind before deciding to take a ride on a motorcycle in Singapore. Happy safe riding!
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