Motorcycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road because they do not have seat belts and riders can be thrown in the event of a crash, which can result in serious injury and death. Your chance of survival significantly increases if you wear a helmet and follow these safety tips when riding.
- Always wear a helmet. A motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist has. Make sure your helmet is DOT approved and includes a face shield or protective eyewear to help protect against a critical head injury.
- Choose the right bike. Motorcycles come in a wide variety of body styles, engine sizes and design features. Taking the time to research and choose a bike that is a good fit based on your level of riding experience will help you stay safe and have an enjoyable experience on the road.
- Wear protective clothing. Goggles, leather gloves and riding boots can help protect and minimize severe injuries in case of an accident. Reflective clothing will also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
- Take a safety course. Play it safe and take a motorcycle safety course. Safety courses will help sharpen your riding skills. Some insurance companies offer participants a discount for completion of a course.
- Follow the rules. Obey the speed limit and local traffic laws. Remember to always pass vehicles and other bikes on the passing lane and give yourself enough time to break.
- Ride defensively. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider's right of way. Ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful in inclement weather.
- Watch for road hazards. Unlike cars; potholes, oil slicks, debris, railroad tracks and even manhole covers can be a real problem for the most experienced rider. Stay alert and watch for possible road hazards.
- Never ride in a vehicle's blind spot. It's difficult for motorists to see a motorcycle. Position your motorcycle in the lane so that you are never in a vehicle's blind spot.
- Don't drink and ride. It's illegal to operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively.
- Check your bike. Make sure your motorcycle is ready for the road by inspecting the tires for proper air and making sure the lights are in good working condition. In addition, test the clutch and throttle, adjust the mirrors and check the brake controls.
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