Spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are getting warmer. For those of you who are adventure enthusiasts, this is the best time of the year. And if you happen to own a toy such as a motorcycle, this means that after months of being cooped up inside with no open roads to explore, it’s time to hit the road.
Whether you are a rider or the loved one of a rider, you are not surprised to hear that statistics show that on average, three riders are killed daily in the United States. The open road can be dangerous for any motorist. For riders, however, the risks can be more intense and increasingly life-threatening, particularly if riders are not properly prepared or following safety measures. Just like driving a car, you cannot predict what other motorists are going to do when you’re out on the road, but you can be proactive about your own safety. Preparing your bike before hitting the road and taking necessary safety precautions while riding is the two most important things riders can do.
Tips for Motorcycle Safety
Preparing Your Bike:
After a long winter, riders need to be sure their bikes are ready for the open road.
• Check the lights to be sure they are still working properly
• Make sure the brakes are completely functional and do not need replacement
• Ensure the turn signals are still working
• Check on the functionality of the mirrors
Preparing Your Gear:
One of the most important things a rider can do before hitting the road is to get equipped with the proper protective gear. This can include:
• A leather jacket to protect skin from falls
• A helmet that fits snug and properly
• Leather pants
• Leather gloves
• Sturdy riding boots
On The Road:
• Always wear the gear that will keep you safest, especially your helmet.
• Obey all of the posted speed limits and road regulations.
• Use headlights and turn signals as necessary
• Keep yourself visible to other motorists and avoid riding in blind spots.
• Avoid distractions such as cameras, cell phones, and GPS systems.
Remember, updating your motorcycle insurance policy at the beginning of every season is always a good idea, too. If you made any additions that may have increased the value of your bike, you want to be sure your liability coverage reflects that!