Cruising the roads on your motorcycle can be a fun way to get around! In the summer, it’s hard to resist the draw to break out the bike. Statistically, motorcycles are pretty dangerous though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in an accident than traditional vehicle drivers. After all, the whole reason you have a motorcycle is to ride it – right?!
Well, you’re in luck, we’ve got you covered with 5 Tips to Motorcycle Safety. Check ‘em out before you hit the road!
1. Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
Not only will a motorcycle safety course give you the opportunity to practice motorcycle tactics in a safe environment, but it will also provide you with practical information to take with you when you’re out on the road.
You may learn about tricky road surfaces, what to do if the weather turns, and essential road rules to keep yourself safe. You’ll learn about proper safety gear and how to best be visible to other drivers. Getting this knowledge and practice will help you feel more confident in your motorcycle skills as well.
2. Keep Up With Maintenance on Your Motorcycle
There are plenty of factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents, whatever you can do to reduce your risks on the road the better.
Maintaining your motorcycle means checking your tires regularly, including tire pressure, damages or punctures, and tread. Regular maintenance for oil changes, brake inspections, and engine checks are as important for motorcycles as any other vehicle. Ensure you have functioning headlights, brake lights, and turn signals like this will help to improve visibility for other drivers.
3. Be Cautious of Dangerous Weather
As we’ve mentioned, there may be times you find yourself caught in bad weather unexpectedly, which is why it’s a good idea to take a safety course that may help you prepare for such an event.
Otherwise, it can be best to avoid riding in poor weather conditions. Bad weather can reduce viability and can cause the roads to be slick with standing water.
With dangerous weather, you can do everything right and still find yourself in a bad situation that could result in a serious accident. It’s best to stay off the roads if possible.
Learn more about Bad Weather and Motorcycle Accidents here.
4. Be Alert & Limit Distractions
It comes as no surprise that we recommend staying alert while driving – no matter what you’re driving! The fact of the matter is that motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than any other typical vehicle.
If you choose to ride a motorcycle, you will need to be more aware of your surroundings to protect yourself as best you can. We can’t control what others do, so it’s best to limit distractions and maintain a keen awareness of your surroundings.
5. Follow Traffic Laws
Sure, this one is pretty self-explanatory, but it doesn’t always go without saying.
If you can obey traffic laws and the rules of motorcycle riding, you’ll be able to keep yourself safer than if you blatantly disregard them. Use turn signals, follow intersection rules, and never drive under the influence.
Have any questions regarding motorcycle safety, accidents, or injuries? Please reach out to one of our Motorcycle Accident attorneys here at Pipas Law Group.