You’ve been waiting months: the suns finally out, the roads are finally clear, and your bike is all shined up and ready to go.
Of course you want to enjoy your long awaited two-wheeled freedom, but it’s important to do so in a smart and responsible way, as you’ve probably heard millions of times before.
To refresh your memory (and keep you in one piece), we want to share with you these 5 tips for staying safe on your motorcycle this summer.
1. Wear A Helmet
Rule number 1 – we’ve heard it over and over since we were children on our tricycles – always wears a helmet.
Statistics show that riders without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer fatal head injuries in a crash, and 3x more likely to suffer brain injuries.
To provide yourself even more protection, consider wearing a full-faced helmet, which also shelter you from wind, buffer against the street noise, and protect your eyes from insects, etc.
Modern helmets are strong, lightweight, and quite comfortable, meaning you should have no reason to object – not to mention the laws in place making them mandatory.
2. Dress Appropriately
In addition to wearing a helmet, you should also protect yourself by wearing appropriate gear and clothing. Sure, wearing shorts and a t-shirt may be tempting on a hot summers day, but a little bit of extra comfort now is not worth the pain and discomfort caused by road rash that will last weeks.
The typically recommended outfit to protect yourself while biking includes a leather jacket and pants, leather gloves, and even over-the-ankle boots. For those hot days where leather seems unbearable, there are options available made from breathable, lightweight materials that offer the same protection that leather does.
3. Drive Defensively
Majority of the accidents that occur involving motorcycles are not at the fault of the cyclist, but at the fault of a motor vehicle. For this reason, you, as a motorcyclist, should be inclined to be extra cautious of your surroundings.
Pay attention to the vehicles and drivers around you and potential obstructions that may lead other drivers to lane change, stop suddenly, etc.
4. Avoid Bad Weather
This follows the previous statement regarding driving defensively. If you know the weather is expected to be bad, or it is already, try to avoid riding.
Wet roads decrease your bikes traction, strong winds can make handling difficult, and fog or rain can decrease visibility.
Any type of adverse weather will bring with it extra hazards that you need to take into consideration. If you must ride during such weather conditions, ensure that you take extra precautions and drive appropriately to the conditions present.
5. Get Insured
Make sure your motorcycle is insured. It’s no different than having to insure your car or truck – insurance is meant to protect you and those around you in a number of situations. Saving the few dollars a month that insurance will cost you is not worth the potential risk you leave yourself open without it.
Ready, Set, Go!
Take these tips to heart – they are meant to help you enjoy your summer on the road while keeping yourself safe at the same time. One small decision can make all of the difference.