Celebrating the open road is the mantra for many motorcycle enthusiasts. But riding season also means increased motorcycle accidents. With May being Motorcycle Safety Month, it’s time to remind ourselves of these important motorcycle safety tips for all year long.
1. Prep your bike
Give your motorcycle a once-over before you hit the road. Make sure your lights, brakes and turn signals are working. Position mirrors correctly so you can see well. Before the season starts, check the fluid levels and motorcycle exhaust to ensure everything is in working order.
2. Make visibility your goal
Motorcycle awareness is about visibility, according to National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators. Always keep an adequate distance between yourself and other vehicles, ensuring they can see you as well as you can see them. Wear bright clothing that utilizes reflective materials. Consider always keeping your lights on, even if it’s a sunny day, to increase visibility.
3. Brush up on your riding skills
Whether you want to learn to ride a motorcycle for the first time or are a seasoned rider, it’s smart to polish your riding skills. With ever-changing laws and road conditions, stay ahead of the curve by taking an American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) safety course. Visit www.amadirectlink.com to learn more about motorcycle classes. Check with your insurance company to see if you qualify for a discount on your motorcycle insurance policy after completing your rider education course.
4. Invest in good gear
Quality motorcycle riding gear is a must because when worst comes to worst, it’s what’s between you and the pavement that can save your life. Select a high quality helmet that fits properly. If it doesn’t have a face shield, use glasses or goggles to protect the eyes. Leather is the best material for a jacket and pants because it is very durable. Non-slip gloves help keep your hands protected. Finally, always use shoes or boots that cover your ankles.
5. Drive with safety in mind
The rules of the road apply to everyone, but motorcyclists sometimes need to take extra precautions to ensure they stay safe. Don’t tailgate other vehicles and always stick to speed limits. Weaving in and out of traffic is dangerous, and makes it hard for other drivers to see you. Signal turns and lane changes ahead of time. Know your bikes limits and don’t push yourself beyond your comfort levels. Drive your motorcycle safely and confidently – and have a great riding season.