Riding motorcycles is thrilling, but it can also be dangerous. Sharing the road with fast cars and big trucks can sometimes result in accidents, especially when other drivers are not paying attention.
If you drive a motorcycle regularly, it is important to be aware in case those around you are not. These safety tips can help you stay safe when you are out on a ride.
1. Improve your visibility
Many riders choose black leather riding apparel, but that can make it difficult for drivers to see them. Instead, choose bright, reflective jackets and pants. If you like the look of leather, be sure to at least wear a safety vest on top when you ride.
2. Always have an escape route
Many motorcycle accidents occur at traffic lights or when other vehicles are slowing down. When you come upon this kind of situation, keep an eye out for where you can quickly go to get out of the way of a car or truck that does not see you.
3. Perform an inspection before every ride
Even the most seasoned riders can run into trouble if their bikes malfunction. Before every ride, take a few minutes to check your tire pressure, fluid levels and brake function to ensure everything is good to go.
Keeping yourself safe out on the road starts with good safety habits. It is not always possible to control other drivers’ behaviors, but by improving your own you can feel better about getting out for a long, enjoyable ride.