The flowers are starting to blossom and the sun is starting to shine which means motorcycle season is back. Before you dust off your bike after a long, cold winter, it’s important to brush up on some motorcycle safety tips to keep you safe.
Of course, wearing a helmet and eye protection is a great way to prevent serious head injuries, but there are further steps you can take to protect yourself. Wearing attire to protect your body like leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles, gloves, and a full face shield can help avoid injuries. If you are operating your motorcycle at night, consider putting reflective tape onto your clothes as well.
Check the Weather and Stay in Your Comfort Zone
A simple glance at the weather app is a sure way to keep you safe. Watch the forecast and remember that rain can move in quickly. Also keep in mind that you have half the stability of a car; the lack of a windshield and your body’s exposure to the elements can add to the risk. Further, make sure you’re taking a route that you know you can handle. If you’re a newbie to operating a motorcycle or you’re in the market for purchasing a new one, make sure your bike is a good fit for you, too. This means that your feet can lie flat on the ground when seated. Also, if something feels off about the bike or if it feels too heavy for you, there’s a good chance that it is.
Always be Prepared
Giving your bike a once-over before hitting the road is important. If there is a problem with your bike, it’s much better to find out when you’re parked and safe. Things you should check every time are…
- Tires: check the pressure and look out for any cracks or signs of wear
- Headlights and taillights: test that your high beams, low beams, and signals work properly
- Under the bike: look out for any sort of oil or gas leak
- General once over: taking a quick walk around your bike will give you an idea of any loose bolts or mechanical hazards
Be Awake and Alert
One of the most important things to remember is to never drive tired. Every rider knows their limits and you shouldn’t push them. Especially if you’re traveling a far distance or driving at night, remember that it’s okay to take a rest, hydrate, and stretch. When you’re fatigued, you’re not as focused on the road when switching lanes, rounding a corner, or just paying attention to other drivers around you.
Check your Coverage
It’s a good idea to reach out to your insurance agent to find out what kind of coverage you have on your bike and see if you need to make any adjustments to your current plan in place. The sooner you make sure your bike is safe and covered to ride, the sooner you can get back out on the road!