Motorcycle Safety Tips

Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating and freeing. It also can be quite dangerous. Equip yourself with preparedness to ensure every trip you take ends only with a smile and a safe arrival. As always, if the unfortunate does happen, navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is a large undertaking. We are here to help every step of the way from communicating with insurance companies and adjusters, advocating for you for your medical needs, and getting you back on the road and financially compensated for any pain and suffering. Reach out to us any time for assistance with our motorcycle accident needs.

Be Visible

If your wardrobe usually consists of mostly neutrals and black pieces, bring out something more colorful even if it is just for the duration of your ride. There are great options like high visibility vests and headwear that are neon colors and have reflective elements so that drivers can always see you even from safe distances.

Never Ride Tired

Being sleepy behind the wheel is an enormous liability in automotive accidents and that is only exacerbated in cases of motorcycles. If you are on a long-haul trip, know your limits. Be sure to stop for breaks to rest, stretch your body, and give your eyes a break. Complacency has no place on a ride. If you’re tired, hop off the road until you’re feeling rejuvenated enough to be fully alert.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Whether it’s engine failure, worn-out brakes, or faulty signal wiring, danger can be right around the corner if something goes awry. Stay consistent with your maintenance schedule, routinely check fluid levels and that your lights are functioning properly, visually inspect all rubber or plastic pieces for signs of brittleness or wearing out, and never push your machine too hard.

Be Proactive and Defensive

There is no such thing as too much vigilance when you’re on your bike, especially on the roads going at high speeds. Large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers can create their own wind turbulence when moving at high speeds. They also can block the visibility of other motorists. Be sure to keep 20 feet of distance between you and other vehicles at a minimum at every opportunity, and be especially cognizant of turns. Many experienced riders refer to the “outside, inside, outside” approach to sharp turns, by keeping to the outside of the lane at the beginning and end of a turn in order to straighten the path as much as possible to mitigate the risk of tipping your bike over.

Helmet Safety

Helmets all provide varying levels of safety and protection. When purchasing a helmet always ensure that it has a DOT sticker so that you know it is considered safe by the Department of Transportation. Check the fit and that it is appropriately snug and won’t slip around. Face shields are also vital when on the road to protect your eyes. Look up the manufacturer to see how often your helmet is recommended for replacing. In general most helmets are to be replaced every 3-5 years.

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