Ten Tips on Being a Safe Motorcyclist
Motorcycling is a fun pastime, but it is also a highly dangerous activity that has resulted in more than its fair share of serious injuries. In order to keep from hurting yourself, you need to know how to handle your bike. Vehicle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents may result if you do not ride safely. If you don't drive safely, you may be on the wrong end of a personal injury or even wrongful death lawsuit. Read on for your own protection!
Ten Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Check your tires, controls, signals, mirrors, oil/fuel levels, chains, and brakes whenever you remember. If you notice any irregularity, take the motorcycle to be checked by a mechanic.
- Wear bright clothes and use your headlamps, even during the day.
- Don't be afraid to use your horn to telegraph your presence. Make sure that drivers can hear you.
- Don't drive in other vehicles' blind spots. You want to be seen by drivers on the road.
- Keep a two- to four-second gap in front of you, depending on your speed. This measurement consists of a few bike lengths per second.
- Ride sober. Do not drink alcohol or ingest illicit drugs before taking your motorcycle on the road.
- Always wear the proper protective gear. This includes a motorcycle helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and other safety-related equipment.
- Before turning or changing lanes, always check your blind spot by turning and glancing with your head. Slow down to take a turn, and do not try to pass another vehicle if a turn is coming up.
- Obey traffic laws. Always operate your motorcycle at or under the speed limit. Pay attention to stop signs and lights.
- Consider taking a motorcycle safety course. You will learn how to operate your bike safely through classroom and hands-on instruction.
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