How to Be Safe as a New Motorcyclist
Riding a motorcycle is an exciting mode of transportation for many people all over the world. Motorcycles are convenient and they are a speedy way to get to your destination, whether it’s to your workplace or anywhere else in your city or town. However, it’s common knowledge that motorcycles are also incredibly dangerous. Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If you recently bought your first motorcycle, there a few crucial safety tips that you should know in order to decrease your risk of serious injury or death in a crash.
What Are Some Safety Tips?
- Take a riding course: Your first step should be to find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding course in your area. This course, or any other motorcycle riding class, will teach you riding basics, advanced techniques, and even ways to maneuver your bike in emergencies.
- Purchase the right motorcycle for you: Don’t be fooled by the different sizes that motorcycles can come in; for example, a small bike can be much faster than a larger bike. Take your time shopping for the perfect bike for you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Wear the correct safety gear: You’ll want to wear gear that protects you from the wind, flying bugs and debris, or any potential road rash. Wear a leather or reinforced jacket, pants, gloves, and protective boots or over-the-ankle footwear. And of course, always wear a helmet.
- Remain defensive and alert: In crashes involving a car and motorcycle, car drivers are at fault 60 percent of the time. This means that motorcyclists need to be extremely alert and keep any distractions at an absolute minimum.
- Avoid bad weather: Your margin of error will be reduced even more if you are riding your motorcycle on a slippery road. Rain will cut your visibility and reduces the grip on your tires. If you’re stuck in a bad storm, don’t make any sudden turns and be gentle with your brakes and steering.
The dangers of riding a motorcycle shouldn’t discourage you from buying and riding one, but it helps to know how to keep yourself safe. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact our motorcycle accident attorney at Stevenson & Murray today.