Silver Spring traffic is annoying at best. Motorists often experience bumper-to-bumper traffic on busy roads like 495, particularly during rush hour. Motorcyclists know just how dangerous this stop-and-go traffic can be.

Having to brake quickly can result in you being thrown over your handlebars or experiencing a lock-up which can cause you to fall off your bike or land on your side. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are valuable safety features that can prevent these types of accidents from occurring.

Tips for Using Your Anti-Lock Braking Systems

If you’ve decided to play it safe and install this braking system on your motorcycle, you decrease your chances of getting into an accident, but only if you use the brakes correctly. Basically, the best way to use them is to pretend they aren’t even there. Follow these instructions to get the most out of your ABS:

  • When you begin braking, use the foot brake as far as possible.
  • Pull the brake level quickly, but not abruptly. Once the brake pads become engaged, increase the breaking pressure quickly. You can tell the ABS is working when you feel pulsing in the hand and foot and hear a tacking noise.
  • When slowing down around turns, gently increase the brake pressure to stop the front wheel from slipping to the side.
  • When coming to a complete stop, disengage the clutch at the same time.
  • Pay attention to the back wheel when stopping. If it lifts up, reduce the amount of braking pressure on the front wheel as quickly as possible.

When Your Efforts Fail

Even drivers who are experienced in riding and using ABS can still become the victims of deadly accidents. If you’ve been injured, the attorneys of Nicklesporn and Lundin want to speak with you. Contact us today by calling 800.875.9700 to learn how we have helped others with their bike wrecks and how we may be able to do the same for you.


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