Hitting the road with your bike on a beautiful day is a feeling like no other. But nonetheless, it’s important that we don’t forget to put the safety toolkit to good use to ensure that accidents and other mishaps are avoided. Make sure you can keep looking forward to those beautiful riding days using this safety guide.
Wear Proper Gear
Making sure you’re equipped with quality protective gear is an absolute must. Quality gear will better ensure that you are decreasing your risk of injury and increasing your visibility on the road as much as possible. Good gear doesn’t just protect you physically though. It can also serve to reduce rider fatigue. Wearing the proper protection will inevitably keep you more comfortable in harsh temperatures compared to cheaper, lower quality options.
Always wear a DOT approved helmet. Inspect your helmet on a regular basis to check for cracks or breaks. Getting in the habit of inspecting all of your gear is a good idea, especially after harsh weather seasons, as most materials are subject to break down over time and wear, providing less protection.
High visibility gear, often with reflective materials attached, will make other drives more aware of your presence on the road and will serve to prevent accidents. You don’t have to sacrifice style to include these features in your gear. Choose a jacket with reflective paneling or just attach reflective patches to your gear.
While we’re on the subject, riding visibly is vital to your safety and everybody else’s. For example, try to avoid riding in a blind spot. If you must occupy a driver’s blind spot, ride through it as quickly as is safe. Another visible riding tip is to choose your lane position with other drivers in mind. Especially when approaching an intersection, pick a place where you are easily spotted by drivers in oncoming traffic. You can also catch drivers’ attention by using hand signals in addition to your turn signals.
Safe Riding Skill Development
Practice makes perfect, and no matter how long you’ve been riding, this rule still applies to you! There is always room to improve, and practicing emergency skills like fast braking can truly save your life. Always abide by the speed limit and other traffic laws, and remain aware at all times. Enroll in training classes to keep you mind and skills sharp.
Keeping your bike maintained also plays a big part in safety and accident prevention. Brakes and tires that are worn down are no help in a situation when you need to brake quickly to avoid an accident. Tire blowouts on a motorcycle can be deadly. Make sure you regularly maintain your motorcycle to be sure you’re riding in the safest conditions.
Ready to learn more about motorcycle safety? Contact your local motorcycle training expert today.