When it comes to motorcycle safety, you can never be too careful. Motorcycles lack the outer protection shared by cars and trucks, so accidents for bikers can be much more damaging and deadly. Even one slight miscalculation could cause the bike to slide out, or a careless driver failing to check blind spots might swipe your bike, causing a serious collision.
In order to avoid life-threatening situations like these, it’s important that you follow these motorcycle safety tips and stay safe on the road.
1. Always Wear the Right Gear
Wearing a helmet is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from serious harm if you should ever get into an accident while on your motorcycle. Motorcyclists lack the same protections truck and car drivers have, and without any other overhead protection, a helmet can be the only thing standing between your head and the pavement. Also, wear reflective gear if you ride at night or in foggy conditions so that other vehicles can see you. It is also a good idea to wear pants and a thick jacket to protect you from road rash if you should fall.
2. Maintain Your Vehicle
Make sure your vehicle is always in excellent condition before you hit the road, especially if you plan on taking a longer ride. Check your breaks, fluid levels, and tires. Any bike malfunction could create a serious problem while you’re on the road, potentially causing you to lose control of your bike or crash. To prevent this from happening, make time to perform regular maintenance on your bike or take it to a shop where a professional can help with regular tune-ups.
3. Be Smart, Take Classes
Whether you are a newcomer to the world of motorcycle riding or a seasoned professional, it’s important that you keep your skills sharp. If you’re new, make sure you take a motorcycle riding course to learn the basics. You can usually find these courses held through your local city programs or other recreational associations. If you get a new bike, always make sure you practice before taking to the roads. This can help you make sure you’re acquainted with how it drives before you put yourself and others in danger by riding on busy streets. Also, make sure you stay up-to-date on current traffic patterns in your area or any changes in traffic laws that could apply to motorcyclists.
4. Make Yourself Visible
Whenever you are on the road, make sure other drivers can see you. Due to their small size, motorcycles are often overlooked by other drivers, which can result in serious harm to the bike rider. So, in order to keep yourself safe on the road, make sure all of your vehicle’s lights and reflectors are in working order and make sure you wear bright colors during the day or a reflective vest at night.
5. Ride Defensively
You should also take steps to ensure that other drivers see you before you turn or move in front of them. Never assume that others see you, always err on the side of caution and make eye contact with the other drivers whenever possible. One of the biggest advantages of riding a motorcycle is weaving in and out of lanes to avoid traffic, but when other drivers don’t see you, this can be a particularly dangerous behavior. So, always make sure you are noticed. Drive slowly, make noise, and look in side mirrors or rearview mirrors to try to see the other drivers. Avoid blind spots and stay away from careless drivers whenever possible.
Even with all of these extra precautions, accidents do sometimes happen. To get started on your motorcycle injury case, contact Samster Konkel & Safran, S.C. to speak with our Milwaukee personal injury lawyers.