Motorcycle Safety Tips
It’s that time of year, the warm weather has finally arrived, which means it’s time to pull out the motorcycle. You’re an eager biker and the weather is finally cooperating. You can’t wait to feel the freedom of the open road and put the miles on. Not only are you saving gas money but your daily trips to and from work just got more exciting.
May is motorcycle safety month and we want to help keep both motorcyclists and drivers safe on the road.
Here are a Few Safety Tips to Remember When Sharing the Road:
- Never Drink & Ride.
- Prep for the Ride: Make sure your motorcycle is fit for the road. Do a quick check to ensure everything is working properly, especially your brakes and lights.
- Dress the Part: Always wear appropriate riding gear. A helmet with a face shield or protective eye-wear, leather or proper riding attire, boots, and gloves.
- Follow Traffic Rules: Don’t speed and always follow traffic rules. Leave a car length gap between you and the vehicle in front of you to allow enough time to react.
- Stay Alert: Don’t assume that a car driver can see you; always ride with your headlights on and drive cautiously.
- Watch the Weather: Inclement weather (such as rain or wind) can make it more difficult to control your motorcycle. Be sure to give yourself some extra space and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
For Auto Drivers:
- Never Drink & Drive.
- Watch your blind spots: Motorcycles can be difficult to see when turning or changing lanes. Always do a visual check and use your mirrors before merging or switching lanes.
- Slow Down & Don’t Tailgate: Motorcycles do not handle the same as cars and can maneuver much faster. Slow down when behind motorcyclists to ensure you have enough time to react.
- Use Your Blinkers: Regardless of whether motorcyclists are on the road or not, you should always use your directionals to ensure others are aware of your next move.
- Dim Your Headlights: High beams can be more blinding for motorcyclists. Be sure to dim your headlights when passing on roads at night.
- Watch the Weather: Weather conditions can reduce visibility and may cause motorcycles to be more difficult to see. Be sure to give riders a little extra space to react properly.
Whether you’re just starting out, or are a seasoned rider, practicing safe habits are for all level of motorcyclists.
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