In short, really, you just need to keep your eyes, and your mind, on the road. By anticipating problems, you can actually avoid them.
2: Break the Bottle
If you drink, don't ride. In 2009, 29 percent of motorcyclists in fatal accidents had blood alcohol concentrations above legal limits, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Alcohol slows your reaction time and messes with your judgment. In other words, when you drink and ride, you're more likely to make mistakes - and your decreased reaction speed means you might not recover.
In 1999, alcohol involvement in fatal motorcycle accidents was a whopping 50 percent higher than it was for cars and trucks. In the same year, almost half of riders who died in single-vehicle accidents were drunk, according to the National Highway Safety Association.
So if you're going to drink, don't ride. Your family, and everyone else on the road, will appreciate it.
1: Wear a Quality, Full Face Helmet
Helmet laws vary by state and country. Many people eschew helmet use or flaunt helmet laws altogether for a variety of reasons, from claiming that helmets obstruct their vision and hearing (they don't) or infringe on their civil liberties.