Motorcycles look and feel like the coolest thing on our roads. Not only that, but they’re also cheaper to maintain, use less fuel and are quicker to accelerate than cars, vans or trucks. If you can get by without the need for extra seats or storage space, a bike is an amazing machine to use. With a variety of used motorcycles available at cheap prices, the popularity of bikes is always going to be huge.
The issue for some people is that while they want to ride a bike, it just looks so scary! Then there are also riders who have good reason to be afraid – those who’ve already been involved in accidents or knocked off their bikes. If you have a fear of riding, for either of these reasons or any other, read on to overcome it.
- Accept Your Fear
The first step is to accept your fear. If you deny it try to bottle it up, it can come out later on at unexpected times in the form of anxiety or a panic attack. Accepting the fear is the first step to dealing with it. Once you’ve accepted it you can begin to use calming techniques like deep breathing or meditation to help you relax and face the situation in front of you. This works for virtually any type of fear.
- Move Gradually
Once you have accepted the fear and begun to work through it, you need to actually start learning and getting on a bike. Don’t push too hard here, especially if your reasons for being afraid are tied to past accidents or traumatic events. Move slowly and gradually, even just sitting on a stationary bike for a while at first if necessary. Have faith and acknowledge your fear, but also understand that right now you are safe and the danger no longer exists anywhere except for in your mind. This will condition your system to begin relaxing more when on a bike.
- Thoroughly Examine the Bike First
Before going riding, give your bike a thorough examination. Check over all your safety gear too to be sure it’s all in good condition. Checking the bike like this will put your mind at ease about any faults or failures. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule helps you to keep on top of this as well, so you always know your bike is in good working order.
- Make Sure You Use Full Protective Gear
Protective gear isn’t good enough to totally save you from any harm, but it could be the difference between a trip to the hospital and one to the morgue. A complete set of gear will protect all body parts, and high-quality gear is usually better. When it comes to prices for this type of equipment, remember you are paying for something that may save your life or bodily functions in case of an accident, and what price can you put on that?
- Don’t Go Alone
The final point is to take a riding buddy with you. If you’re at all nervous or afraid, having an experienced rider with you can help take a lot of the stress away. This rider can also help if anything does happen, and they can guide you if needed as well.