Supermoon Is Worse Than A Full Moon For Motorcyclists

Posted: Dec 12 2017, 5:27am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Supermoon is Worse Than a Full Moon for Motorcyclists
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  • Supermoon is Worse than a Full Moon for Motorcycle Riders

The risk of having a fatal crash for motorcyclists is much higher under a supermoon than full moon.

While the luminescent aura of a full moon or supermoon may seem alluring to many motorcyclists who want to go on a wild ride at night, such a move may be dangerous. Nighttime crashes of motorcycles have been calculated by authorities starting from 1975 and ending in 2014.

More motorcyclists end up losing their life in mishaps on moonlit nights than in other circumstances. Also more than full moon nights, those nights when the supermoon was lit up were even more deadlier for motorcyclists.

Actually the problem arises due to the fact that greater care is needed to ride a motorcycle when the moon is out. This may seem paradoxical but it is true.

5000 people die in motorcycle accidents each year in the United States. That comprises one-seventh of all road accidents. What this means is that riding at night on a motorcycle is more riskier than driving a car while under the influence of alcohol and that too without a seatbelt.

Full moons and supermoons are things that the motorcyclists like to keep an eye on all along the ride. Thus they serve as diversions and this leads to accidents.

The fact that a supermoon is even larger and brighter than a full moon means that it could prove twice as deadly for motorcyclists. The data from the authorities says it all.

Such is indeed the case and motorcyclists would do other drivers and especially themselves a huge favor by not riding on their two-wheelers when there is a full moon or supermoon out in the nighttime sky.

The findings of this new study got published online on December 11, 2017 in the Christmas issue of The British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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