Motorcycle Safety: Ride Safe with these Motorists Safety Tips
Motorcyclists know that riding gives them a freedom that driving a car just can’t match. There’s nothing like hopping on a motorcycle and cruising down the road with the wind in your hair on a gorgeous spring day. In fact, there are more bikes on the road during the warmer months than there are any other time of the year. That also means a greater risk for motorcycle-related accidents. But the best riders also know that motorcycles require more focus to operate and don’t provide the same protections cars do in the event of a crash. The best riders also take great care in all situations, whether they’re in heavy traffic on the highway or stuck in the rain or just taking a quick ride on a perfect day. Spring is here and it's time to ride!
Before you take your bike out on the road, make sure you have the right safety gear:
Wear a helmet and don’t take chances, wear it every time you ride no matter if you’re just going down the street. Without a helmet your head is completely vulnerable in a crash.
A good pair of gloves can protect your hands and also absorb vibrations to make for a better ride
Boots give you better grip, help to absorb shock and protect you from engine heat or in a crash. Tennis shoes are also good to wear but never wear flip flops or anything that does not protect your entire foot.
Wear a pair of goggles to keep dirt, gravel and sun glare out of your eyes so you can focus on the road.
Always wear long pants and long sleeves to protect yourself against gravel, road debris and the sun.
Here are some Precautions to take while driving:
v Make sure you can be seen by other motorists. Make it easier for them by wearing reflective clothing, always using turn signals and or hand signals and keeping your headlight on.
v Keep in mind that while driving stay alert and assume that other drivers don’t see you especially at intersections and when making lane changes or passing.
v Be patient and don’t tailgate
v Don’t ride after drinking or taking any medications that could impair your abilities.
Riding at night
v Again, make sure you’re visible particularly at dusk. Consider upgrading your headlight or adding other lights to your ride. Try and wear clothing that makes you stand out so it is easier for other drivers on the road to see you. Both will make you more difficult to see at night.
v Your vision needs to be clear, so keep your visor or goggles clean and free from scratches. If you don’t use face or eye protection, consider it.
v Carry a flashlight or other emergency gear with you so a mechanical problem doesn’t leave you stranded and invisible on the side of a dark road.
v If the weather is bad keep rain and cold-weather gear handy. Riding isn’t just more enjoyable when you’re warm and dry it’s safer, too.
v Use extreme caution when it first begins to rain, as the roads are most slick at that point. Pull over and wait if necessary. It’s better to be late than ride in unsafe conditions.
As with pretty much anything, riding a motorcycle takes skill and practice. Take a class on it. The class will teach you how to operate a bike better and more safely.
Keep Your Motorcycle Maintained
Maintaining your motorcycle is another important way to keep yourself safe. After all, if the bike has bad brakes, a questionable engine, unreliable directional signals, or other issues, you’re not going to be as safe as you could be out there. While you’re making sure the vehicle is maintained, check those tires for wear and pressure. It’s even more important for a motorcycle than it is for a car, because you only have two tires in contact with the pavement.
***Vehicle insurance is necessary for all motorists including motorcycle riders. Make sure that your bike is properly insured with Comprehensive and Collision protections coverage and bodily injury protection. Despite your best efforts to avoid an accident, nothing can prepare you more for the unexpected than having a motorcycle insurance policy. Whether you already have insurance coverage or are in the market for a new policy, you can contact our agency for a quote or any questions you may have on coverage. We will evaluate your insurance needs and find coverage that protects your financial interests out on the open road.