Driving a motorcycle requires a different set of skills than driving a car. However, you need to follow the same set of rules that all drivers have. A little education combined with common sense and quick thinking can go a long way to avoid accidents while on your bike. Here are some motorcycle safety tips to help you enjoy your rides.
Always Wear a Helmet and a Face Shield
This tip falls under the commonsense criteria, but you’d be surprised how many riders tempt fate by not wearing a helmet. A helmet should always be worn when on your motorcycle. A rider is five times more likely to sustain a serious injury during an accident if not wearing a helmet. To protect your eyes, be sure to wear a face shield or protective eyewear.
Wear Protective Gear
Motorcycle gear isn’t just about looking cool. Protective gear and clothing will help minimize the amount and severity of injuries during an accident or a skid. Leather clothing, non-skid soled boots, and gloves can all help protect you. In addition, reflective tape strategically placed makes it easier for other drivers to see you while on the road.
Follow Traffic Laws
Don’t ride above the speed limit. The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop, so speeding is just dangerous. Don’t assume that car drivers can see you. Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers that don’t recognize a rider’s right of way. So, stay out of blind spots and ride defensively.
Take Care of Your Motorcycle
Be sure your bike is fit to ride before taking it out on the road. Check your tires, turn signals, headlights, taillights, and fluids before hitting the highway.
Follow these simple safety tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy your motorcycle rides safely.