Motorcycle anti-lock brakes lessen accident risk, especially for beginner riders

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has released the results of a study which looked at motorcycle accident insurance claims and found that anti lock brakes cut accident risk to all motorcyclists and especially for new riders.

It appears that the motorcycles equipped with anti lock braking systems (ABS) compensates for mistakes that inexperienced and beginning motorcyclists might make and riders are reaping the benefits of the technology with fewer accidents.

A study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that motorcycles equipped with anti lock brakes appear to be 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident. In addition, the motorcycles equipped with anti lock brakes have 22% less damages claims per vehicle year than the same models that are not equipped with ABS.

How Anti lock Brakes Help

Most motorcycles are equipped with a brake control on the right handlebar for the front wheel and one on the left handlebar for the rear wheel. If a motorcyclist does not use the right front/rear distribution when applying the brakes or exercises the brakes too hard in a panic situation, one of the wheels can lock causing the motorcycle to skid, lose control and crash. Also, if the brakes are not squeezed hard enough, a crash might not be avoided.

ABS allows a motorcyclist to apply the brakes with full force without worrying that a wheel will lock up because the ABS system will decrease the chances of a lockup while the rider gets the bike under control.

IIHS has produced the following video which shows the benefits of anti lock brakes.



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