With summer just around the corner, many people will be spending more time cruising the state on motorcycles. Part of the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle is directly related to the thrill that comes with operating one. However, the skill set required to ride safely is completely different from what one uses when driving a car.
After several months out of the saddle, it may be a good idea to refresh yourself on some safety techniques to help you avoid a motorcycle wreck this season. Here are a few safe riding tips you should follow on every ride, whether it is a multi-day road trip or a quick run to the corner store.
Always Wear Your Helmet
Your helmet is probably the most important piece of safety equipment you own. Wear it every time you head out for a ride. A motorcycle wreck at only five miles per hour can cause you severe head trauma if you are not wearing a helmet. Moreover, the helmet can be the difference between only suffering road rash versus life-threatening injuries.
Wear Other Protective Gear
Have you ever seen anyone blow past you on a motorcycle wearing a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops? You know this is a bad idea. No matter how warm the weather is or how close your destination, take the time to fully suit up for your ride. Put on your leathers, boots and gloves to protect your body from road rash. In addition, add in some reflective tape to catch the attention of other riders and drivers on the road.
Follow the Rules
Traffic laws and speed limits exist not only to keep other people safe, but you as well. Obey the rules of the road and traffic laws when you are out for a ride.
Practice Defensive Riding
To people operating cars and trucks, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and cyclists are generally invisible. In other words, never assume that anyone else is actually going to see you while you are riding. Expect to have another vehicle violate right-of-way rules, cut you off or suddenly turn in front of you. To increase your chances of being seen, always ride with your lights on, stay out of blind spots and signal your intention to turn.
The next time you go out for a ride, be sure to follow the above safety tips to increase your chances of avoiding a motorcycle wreck. However, since you cannot control the actions of other people, you could find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident. If this happens, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages.