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Physical discomfort and a lack of motorcycle helmets

It's not hard to see how a motorcycle helmet goes a long way toward keeping you safe. If you crash your bike -- something you may not control when another driver makes a mistake -- that helmet is your only protection against serious head injuries.

As clear as this is, many people neglect to wear them. This leads to severe injuries and needless deaths every year. Why do people skip out on this main safety feature?

Are motorcycles safer than full-size vehicles?

When deciding if you should buy a motorcycle or not, safety is your main focus. You know this sounds like a fun, engaging means of transportation, but is it more dangerous than driving a car? Or is it actually safer?

Experts have been debating it for a long time, and there are two basic perspectives. The first is that motorcycles are far more dangerous. If you crash, virtually your only protection is your helmet. Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to lead to serious injuries and fatalities than car accidents.

Looking up does not make texting safe

Have you ever heard people talk about how texting and driving is dangerous because you stop looking at the road when you write the message? Maybe that led you to think that you'd simply look up frequently while writing, believing that would keep you safe.

It will not. When researchers talk about the time that you spend looking away from the road, they already factor that behavior into the equation.

New workers face the greatest injury risks

If you're new to your job, the odds are simply higher that you could get injured while doing it. That's a fact you have to take into consideration every time you switch jobs or switch careers entirely.

How much worse is that risk? According to one study, a worker who was in their first month saw overall injury risks that were three times higher than workers with more than 12 months of experience. This study took into account only injuries resulting in lost time at work -- in other words, serious injuries.

Speeding really does increase risks

It's fairly common for people to break the speed limit. Many people do it every day. A lot of these people consider themselves good drivers. They may not even think of going 60 miles per hour in a 55-MPH zone as speeding, even though it is.

As such, it's important to point out that, no matter how commonplace speeding may become, it really does increase the dangers on the road. It does this in two main ways.

More young people may turn to motorcycles

Often, motorcycles are portrayed as something that older individuals love, but which younger generations just do not care about. The statistics seem to back this up, as the average age for a motorcyclist is 47.

It's not just that riders average out at 47 years old, either. They're getting older with time. In 2009, the average age was 40. In 1990, it was 32. What happened?

Workers face risks as it grows colder

As we move into the colder half of the year, with the late fall and winter months fast approaching, it is important to note that construction workers -- and all those who work outside -- face some increased risks. Working in falling temperatures can lead to injury.

Naturally, as the snow and ice arrive, the risks go up. Workers can slip and fall. They can get into car accidents. Everything grows slick and dangerous and unpredictable. Many people get hurt in these conditions every year.

Dangerous driving habits people sometimes overlook

The road is a dangerous place. There is a reason that tens of thousands of people die annually on America's highways. It's a staggering total loss of life, even worse than most people realize. And yet it continues to happen because people continue to engage in dangerous driving habits.

It's easy to understand some of the most risky -- if common -- behaviors. You know that driving under the influence puts you at risk. You know that recklessly breaking the speed limit makes you more likely to lose control of your car. But what about some of the other issues that aren't as obvious?

Tips to help avoid a head-on crash

A car drives over the center line and into your lane. You have about two seconds until impact. What do you do?

According to many experts, this is the greatest danger that drivers face. Head-on crashes result in fatalities more often than any other types of accidents. If the speed of one or both vehicles is very high, the risks are even higher for all involved.

What you should never do around a tailgater

Encountering a tailgater is frustrating, and sometimes, frightening. You know just how dangerous these aggressive drivers can be. They cause serious accidents that put people in the hospital.

If someone starts driving too close to your car, whether they're acting aggressively on purpose or just ignorant of how dangerous it is, here are a few things you should never do:

  • Do not try to "brake check" the driver by sharply hitting your brakes. This doesn't get them to back off; it just makes them angry and escalates the situation. You also risk causing an accident yourself.
  • Do not speed up so that you're driving as fast as they want you to drive. What they want does not matter. Never put yourself in danger on their account.
  • Do not drive in the left lane if it's a passing lane, such as on the interstate. Always stay to the right and let others pass on the left.
  • Do not get distracted. Always try to stay focused on your own driving.
  • Do not hesitate to let them pass safely if you can do so. Some drivers never want to let others pass, as if it's a point of pride, but the best thing you can do with a tailgater is just to move over and let them continue. This takes you out of immediate danger and reduces the risk of an accident.
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