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Safety Tips for Motorcycle Drivers

As we approach the Fall season, it’s still prime time for motorcycles to be out on the open roads enjoying the weather and the scenery. For car and truck drivers, the dangers obviously lie in watching out for the motorcycles that share the road with them, but for the motorcyclists themselves, safety is a much different story. With motorcycle deaths continually on the rise, it’s important for motorcycle drivers to know these important safety tips that could mean the difference between life and death out on the road.

Wear the Right Gear

First and foremost, it should be well known by now by all motorcyclists that wearing a helmet can save a life. But you would be surprised to see the number of motorcycle drivers out there who still refuse to wear a helmet, or think they are “too cool” for one. Make sure you have a face shield and protective eyewear under your helmet for added safety, as well. Above and beyond the helmet is the rest of the gear that you wear on a bike, as well. Motorcycles offer virtually no protection to the body when involved in an accident, so the more you can do to protect your body, the lower your risk of injury or death will be should you ever be involved in an accident.

Make sure you wear closed-toed shoes at all times on a motorcycle, and understand that there is a reason why so many bikers choose to wear leather while they drive. Leather is a thick enough material to protect the skin from abrasions should contact with the road ever be made. Some motorcyclists will even opt for purchasing heavy duty knee and elbow pads for added protection.

Prepare Your Bike Before Every Ride

Just as important as it is to protect your own body while you ride, it’s also important to make sure your motorcycle itself is safe enough to ride. Check the tire pressure before you hit the road every time, make sure no oil or gas is leaking out from anywhere underneath the bike, test headlights and turn signals and make sure all fluid levels are where they should be. These are checks that should regularly be performed before heading out on your motorcycle to ensure added safety for the rider.

Leave Enough Space on the Road

When you’re in a car, you require a different amount of distance between you and a vehicle in front of you than you do while on a motorcycle. The fact is, anti-lock brakes are what help allow cars to stop quickly and safely, even when there is not a “safe” distance between the car and the vehicle in front of it. And while many new motorcycles do feature anti-lock brakes, some of the older makes and models do not, which makes stopping more difficult on a motorcycle. Allow yourself plenty of space between your motorcycle and the car in front of you, and as you increase your speed, make sure you also increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Always Look Twice

It’s hard for drivers to see you on a motorcycle, so make the safe bet and assume that most drivers can’t see you. This means that you should drive defensively, always looking twice before making any move, and always being aware of the traffic around you. Intersections and highways are particularly dangerous places for motorcycles, so make sure you stay alert. The more aware you are, the safer you will be. Again, it’s hard for drivers to see motorcycles because they are so small, so be aware of them, rather than relying on them to be aware of you.

The Fall is the perfect season to get out and enjoy a road on a motorcycle, but should you ever be involved in a motorcycle accident or any other motor vehicle accident, contact one of the talented attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to go over your rights and make sure you are fully protected after a crash!

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