Motorcycle Safety: How to Stay Safe on the Open Roads

Did you know that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than car drivers?

It’s obvious that hitting the open road on a motorcycle is a risk. Yet for some, it’s this risk that makes it so exhilarating.

Incorporating some basic motorcycle safety rules will decrease the likelihood of a very serious or even fatal accident though.

Consider the following tips before you fuel up and head out.

1. Wear a Helmet

If you live in a state that’s lifted their helmet laws, you’d be wise to continue wearing one.

Even if you’re the most experienced rider, you can hit an unseen oil slick or come upon a patch of gravel at the last minute and take your bike down. Your bike can hit the pavement, but your head is another story. 

So while not wearing a helmet may look and feel cooler, you’re sure to have regrets when you have a head injury and are trying to find a law firm to defend your case.

2. Regularly Inspect and Maintain Your Bike

Don’t wait until you’re out on the road to discover that your ride has been neglected. As soon as you notice something that needs fixing, address it. And stay up with regular maintenance like oil changes, brake pad, tire wear, and suspension and chain adjustments. 

Walk around your bike to look for any leaks, loose bolts, or other hazards. And always check your mirrors, lights, and tire pressure each time before you go.    

3. Ride Well-Rested

This is one of the best motorcycle riding safety tips.

When you ride, you need to have 100% focus on your side. And this can be mentally exhausting. Highway hypnosis can plague every driver – be in a motorist, a trucker, or a motorcyclist. 

Only ride after you’ve had a good night’s rest. And if you tire during a ride, stop to take a break. Drink some water, stretch, or even lean up against a tree, make a pillow with your jacket, and close your eyes. 

4. Respect Semi-Trucks

Because of their size, semi-truck rule the road.

Any motorcycle safety course you might take will advise you to avoid being near one. Not only do they create wind turbulence that could throw you off balance, but they make it difficult for other drivers to see you.

Also, if you have to pass a semi, do so on the driver’s side so that he or she can better see you. 

5. Be Weather Aware

Before you hit the road, check the weather forecast. And stay abreast of weather conditions throughout your ride.

Nothing can add danger to a ride like a sudden rain or snowstorm. You’ll quickly lose stability. And the lack of a windshield can make the ride miserable or even painful. This is especially true if you’re not wearing a helmet with a protective face shield. 

Motorcycle Safety Makes the Difference

Get out there and enjoy the ride!

Just be sure to honor the above motorcycle safety tips to vastly improve your experience and land you at your destination in one piece.

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