Riding a motorcycle can be fun and adventurous. However, the thrill of riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous if you are not careful. Here are 5 safety tips to keep in mind before hitting the open road.
1. Only Ride When You Are Focused
The first rule of safety should be to ensure that when you are riding your motorcycle, you are mentally focused on the road. If you are feeling distracted, tired, sick or emotionally distraught it is better to leave your motorcycle in the garage until you are ready to drive. Otherwise, you are far more likely to make a small mistake that can have very large consequences.
2. Check Your Motorcycle
Make sure that you check your tires and breaks frequently. Check the following on a regular basis:
- Chassis and Stands
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (https://www.msf-usa.org) calls this check T-CLOCS and it can help keep you safe on the road. This is a safety inspection that you should always perform before you ride. Checking your breaks and other vital components of your motorcycle can help give you peace of mind and help prevent you from being stranded on the road as well.
3. Don’t Ride Too Fast
It is easy to get caught up in the thrill of the ride at times when you are on your motorcycle. But speeding can put you at risk for serious accidents where you can injure yourself and other people.
A large percentage of motorcyclists who died in crashes were traveling at high speeds. If you are speeding, you have fewer chances to correct errors or slow down in time to prevent collisions.
Also, riders can misjudge their speed when going through curves, which is why people die simply from sliding off the road. Slowing down and remaining at the posted speed limit is a good strategy to remain safe. You also need to be especially vigilant when there is a lot of traffic around.
4. Stay Visible
Motorcycles are outnumbered on the road by passenger vehicles. Therefore, it is important to ensure that other vehicles see you when you are riding since motorcycles are small compared to cars and trucks and they can be hidden behind blind spots.
Many drivers also aren’t always paying attention, so it is important to stay visible. You can purchase high visibility safety vests with bright colors and reflective strips. Motorcycle headlight modulators can also be used.
5. Wear Protective Gear
Riders can experience scraping, bruising and lacerations even from simple accidents versus drivers in cars who have a body of metal and airbags available for protection. Wear solid motorcycle boots, thick gloves, leather chaps and jackets if possible. Wear clothing that shields your skin. You can buy this at most motorcycle shops.