Motorcycle Safety For The Summer
The warm summer heat is here and it is a wonderful time to break out the motorcycle! Sadly, roads aren’t as safe and smooth as we would like them to be. From potholes to negligent drivers, there is a lot of trouble waiting out there and bikers are at a high risk for injury.
So before you get ready to hop on, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind for you to stay safe this summer.
Practice Safety From The Start!
The best way for you to stay safe on the road is to be prepared right from the beginning. Here is a few things you should do before you even begin your trip.
Keep up with motorcycle maintenance – before you head off, you need to make sure your bike is in full working order. If you have been keeping your motorcycle well-maintained and checked, then most likely everything is already good to go. However, even so, you should check that all of the fluids and major systems are working including braking and lights.
Wear your protective gear – riding a motorcycle increases your risk of injury and so you need to increase the protection you wear. A leather jacket and gloves, a thick pair of pants, and a durable pair of boots can make a lot of difference when it comes to preventing injury during an accident since it puts something between your skin and the road.
Wear your helmet – even more important than wearing your protective gear, is wearing your helmet. Without it, an accident could result in a much more severe and fatal injury. In fact, it has been shown that those without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a brain injury.
Pack everything you could need – From a first aid kit to your cell phone, you should make sure you have any safety item you may need on your trip. If your trip is to the corner store, the basics will due, but if it’s a weekend trip, you might want to really think about what you will need out there. A few items you should consider are: a map of the area, extra clothing, water, healthy snacks, a first aid kit, a fully charged mobile phone, and sunscreen.
Defensive Driving And You!
Another thing to keep in mind is to practice defensive driving on the road. This does not mean that you have to drive extra slow, but you will need to use extra caution while on the bike. Unlike with a car or truck, motorcycles are much harder for other vehicles to spot. This means that other drivers are less likely to notice you and your bike until it is too late. Here are just a few defensive driving tips to remember.
- Avoid any distractions such as mobile phones while on the road
- Don’t just stare at the road ahead; you need to keep your eyes moving to stay aware of your surroundings and anything that could pose a safety risk
- Try to anticipate risky situations and how best to avoid them
- Never drive drowsy or tired which can harm your ability to make quick decisions
- Keep both hands on the handle bars at all times
- Leave a reasonable amount of space between you and the other drivers
Avoid Bad Weather And Road Hazards!
The environment you are driving in can make a huge difference to your risk of injury. If it is at all possible, then you should avoid driving in bad weather and through road hazards as much as possible.
Bad weather – slippery conditions can greatly reduce your visibility and reduce your tires’ grip on the road. If you must drive in this weather, then you need to avoid making any sudden maneuvers and be especially gentle with the braked, throttle, and steering to keep from sliding.
Road hazards – From potholes to railroad tracks, there are a lot of troublesome road hazards that need to be avoided as much as possible. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles feel the full force of every bump and crack that is driven over. That aside, some road hazards can cause the bike to slide unexpectedly.