Motorcycle riding takes coordination, balance and sound judgment. Riders must also practice safety, and there are various ways to do that.
Here are four safety tips to help you make the most of each moment you spend on your bike.
1. Preparing to ride
Before you ride, examine your motorcycle to see if everything is working as it should. Check fluid levels, headlights, signal indicators and hand and foot brakes. Look at tire pressure and tread. Also, look for any signs of gas or oil leaks.
2. Protecting yourself
Always wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved motorcycle helmet. For the best arm and leg protection in case of a crash, wear leather or heavy denim. Your shoes or boots should be high enough to cover your ankles. Gloves will protect your hands and provide a better grip on the handlebars.
3. Knowing the rules
Ride defensively. Obey the local traffic regulations. Ride with the traffic flow and leave ample room between your motorcycle and vehicles nearby. Use caution when approaching intersections. Many motorcycle riders suffer injuries when motorists make left-hand turns in front of them. In 2020, motorcyclists were four times more likely to sustain injuries than occupants of cars. Yield to vehicles and pedestrians when appropriate.
4. Practicing for comfort level
If you have a new bike or are somewhat rusty from riding inactivity, motorcycle practice is in order. Practice in a controlled area. Once you feel comfortable with your bike, you can go out on the road and feel confident riding in traffic. If you should become the victim of a crash, an advocate can work on your behalf to obtain full and fair insurance compensation.