Riding a motorcycle looks fun! Much of the draw of riding a motorcycle is the adrenaline rush. There are many ways to cut down the danger factor of riding a motorcycle, which will keep yourself and your passengers safe. Here are 6 important motorcycle safety tips.
1. Always Wear A Helmet
Not all states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. This does not mean, however, that they aren’t necessary. Motorcycle riders who don’t wear helmets have a significantly higher chance of sustaining fatal injuries during a motorcycle accident. Helmets should be replaced every 5 years or after being in a crash.
Appropriate gear must also be worn while riding a motorcycle. If your helmet doesn’t have a visor, make sure that you wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. Motorcycle riders don’t wear leather jackets purely for aesthetic purposes. The thick, padded material of a leather jacket goes a long way toward protecting you from road rash or other injuries.
2. Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
Even the most experienced rider can benefit from a motorcycle safety course. Keeping your motorcycle riding skills sharp is vital in remaining safe on the road. They can refresh your knowledge of applicable laws and the safest way to ride.
3. Drive Defensively
According to the NHTSA, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the other driver. Motorcyclists must keep this in mind. Always assume the worst when driving and ride under the assumption that other drivers won’t drive carefully. Avoid driving near semis as much as possible. They will limit the ability of other drivers to see you. They also have large blind spots, so you must ensure they can see you in their mirrors when you go to pass one. Look where you want to go. Avoid looking anywhere besides the road directly in front of you.
4. Follow Traffic Laws
Traffic laws are designed to keep you safe. Don’t speed under any circumstances. If you are riding in a group and they travel more quickly than you feel comfortable with, maintain your own pace. Don’t drink prior to riding. You need your reflexes performing at top speed when operating a motorcycle.
5. Maximize Visibility
Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, which makes them much more difficult to see. This can be combatted by wearing bright, reflective clothing. Ensure that your headlights are always on, whether it is day or night. Try to avoid riding in bad weather that may affect visibility on the road.
6. Perform Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance is necessary for your safety. Before riding, perform a thorough inspection of your motorcycle. Check the tires and ensure that all lights and signals are working properly. Have the motorcycle inspected by a professional regularly.
Riding motorcycles can be dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It is important to follow any precautions to maximize your safety on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should seek superior legal representation. Contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!