More riders pull their bikes out of storage and hit the road as the weather warms up. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, summer may be one of the most enjoyable times.
However, if you do not put motorcycle safety first, the consequences may be severe.
The hazards motorcyclists face
In 2019 alone, over 5,000 motorcyclists died in fatal accidents. When riding, your vehicle takes up less space on the road and some motorists may miss you. While passenger vehicle drivers have an obligation to pay attention to their surroundings, they may struggle to see you if you weave in and out of traffic. When sharing the road helps both parties to have an understanding of their limits.
The precautions necessary to ride safely
If you want to ride safely, you need a DOT-compliant helmet. DOT-compliant helmets have a symbol on the back of the helmet. In addition to helmets, ensure you have appropriate safety gear to protect against road rash. Consider bright and reflective clothing if you worry about visibility, especially if you ride at night.
Operating a motorcycle relies on a different skill set compared to standard vehicles. Practice ahead of time and make sure you feel accustomed to your specific bike. You should know how to handle it in a variety of conditions. Before each ride, check your tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, signal indicators, foot brakes and fluid levels.
Victims may suffer catastrophic injuries following a motorcycle accident, including spinal cord damage, TBI, and bone fractures. Without the appropriate safety gear, your chances of facing severe injuries increase drastically.