How Countersteering Can Save Your Life on a Motorcycle

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How Countersteering Can Save Your Life on a Motorcycle

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Countersteering is a technique that all motorcycle riders should learn how to perform. It is a skill that could wind up saving your life on the roads of California one day. Today, we will discuss countersteering, how to teach yourself this skill, and how you can use it to save your life in an instant.

Countersteering is Not Complex

Many riders believe that countersteering is a complex skill, therefore they don’t like to practice it, or even attempt to learn it. This skill, once learned, is typically performed subconsciously when riders hop on their bikes to avoid motorcycle accidents. In order to countersteer, the operator of the bike must turn the front wheel using the handle bar. The turn must be done in the opposite direction of where the bike is headed. This skill is used to change the angle in which the bike leans. For riders interested in formal instruction, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers saftey programs that riders of all skill levels can benefit from.

Where to Practice

If you are a novice rider, you will want to practice countersteering as much as possible. Once mastered, an experienced rider will instinctively countersteer without even thinking about it. The best place to practice is on an open stretch of road without a lot of traffic. In order for this skill to work properly, you must be traveling at least 20 miles per hour. Until you feel confident in your abilities, it is not necesary to travel at a high rate of speed in order to feel the effects of the steering.

Begin driving at a comfortable speed. As you operate, push one of the handlebars forward. As you perform this maneuver, watch how the bike responds. As you become comfortable with the movement, push the other handlebar using different levels of force. As you learn the reactions of the bike from your movements, you will see how easy it is to use countersteering effectively.

Why Do You Need Countersteering?

Many motorcycle riders ask why they might need countersteering. This is a common question with a simple answer: it can save your life. This skill will allow you to make turns, handle corners effectively, and make evasive maneuvers should another vehicle enter your path unexpectedly. Being able to countersteer effectively can also help you navigate a curve that is tighter than you thought, helping you avoid a fall that could leave you with traumatic injuries.

Santa Barbara Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Motorcycle accidents have the potential to leave a person with serious injuries and financial hardship. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party, please reach out to me. You can get ahold of me by calling my office at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly legal advice. I am also available online at

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