Riding a motorcycle can make you feel free and it can be exhilarating. It also helps save on gas on your long commute to work, so while you’re riding your bike every day, here are some important motorcycle safety tips to remember.
By far the most important thing to do when riding a motorcycle is to take protecting yourself seriously. You might not think safety gear is the most comfortable or looks the coolest when you’re out riding, but you will certainly be thankful for it if you are involved in an accident. At a bare minimum you should use a helmet, riding jacket, gloves, and appropriate footwear. Some states do not require that you wear a helmet by law, but you still should. You will want to make sure you cover as much skin as you possibly can while riding as the more skin that is exposed the more risk you have for injury in an accident but remember that denim jeans will still rip and tear easily in a crash and will not protect you from getting at least a very serious and painful road-rash. Making an investment in the proper safety gear is the best investment you can make when it comes to taking a ride on a motorcycle.
An important key to remember anytime you ride is you are going to go wherever you are looking – so if you’re looking down at the road, then that’s where you’re going to go. When riding a motorcycle, it is important for you to continue to look far into the distance, checking for any hazards that might be ahead, and observe everything that is going on around you. Unfortunately, you are less noticeable to vehicle drivers and you cannot always rely on them to pay attention to their surroundings, so you will need to be hyper aware of yours.
When you are taking a ride on a motorcycle it is important to treat the experience as if everything and anything is trying to kill you. This might seem like a bit over the top, but when you are on the road on a motorcycle you have nothing surrounding you to protect yourself like other drivers do with their vehicles, so it is important for you to always ride defensively. Be on the lookout for any potential hazards ahead, make sure you do what you can to be visible, and do not ride recklessly.
When we say take it slow, we mean watch your speed in your environment. A motorcycle going 45 mph on a backroad is going to feel much different than going 45 mph on a busy roadway. Avoid darting between vehicles or changing lanes without adequate signaling to the drivers around you. You may not want to sit in the traffic – but you also don’t want a driver who does not see you to suddenly make a lane change in the direction you are going (or planning to go).
Most importantly, make sure that you and your bike are thoroughly insured. The last thing you want to deal with in the event of a motorcycle accident is worry about whether or not you have medical coverage, coverage to repair or replace your bike, and that all of your belongings are protected. Contact us today to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can review your current motorcycle insurance coverage and make sure you have all risks adequately covered!