Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it’s also dangerous! Make sure you take a few steps to ensure your safety before you get on the road. Today, we’re looking at some of the best safety tips for new riders to help them get to their destination in one piece.
Don’t just hop on your bike and take off down the road. You need to wear the correct equipment for riding! Wear leathers to protect your body if you fall from the bike, as well as a helmet to keep your head safe. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t ride in a car without fastening your seatbelt. Why would you risk riding a motorcycle without the proper safety equipment?
Some people say that it doesn’t look cool to wear a helmet on a bike. Even if that was true (it isn’t) that’s a terrible argument for neglecting personal safety. Besides, nothing beats making it to your destination safely!
Even experienced riders have trouble in rain or snow. Check the weather report before you take your bike out for a spin. If you’re not comfortable operating your motorcycle in inclement weather, consider another form of transportation.
Don’t panic if you get caught by surprise weather when you’re on the road. Safely pull to the side of the road and wait for the weather to pass. In an emergency, call a friend with a truck for a pickup! Strap the bike down in the back to safely transport it home.
The rules that apply to cars apply to motorcycles, too. Don’t ride in the emergency lane or squeeze between other drivers during a traffic jam just because your vehicle is small enough to fit. Doing this can result in a traffic ticket or, worse, a collision.
Roughly half of all motorcycle accidents are the result of excessive speeding. Slow down! Of course, it’s fun to zoom around town on your bike. However, doing so dramatically increases your risk of traffic accidents. Head to a private track where you can push your bike to the limit if you want to tear up the road! That way, you can speed without other drivers around to complicate things.
It’s hard for motorists to see people on motorcycles. As such, you should take steps to make yourself easy to see. Turn your headlight on, even in the daytime. Avoid driving in other people’s blind spots. If it’s dark outside, wear reflective strips on your clothing so you’ll be visible even to drivers behind you.