Riding a motorcycle feels like freedom and is a risk-free way to enjoy the outdoors during the unusual circumstances that we find ourselves in these days. Motorcycles are not only fun, but they can also be an economical alternative to cars. Before you hit the open road, here are a few tips for staying safe while riding this summer.
Make sure they see you
A common theme among motorcycle accidents involves the driver not seeing the rider. Motorcycles simply aren’t as big as cars and can be easily overlooked. Wearing reflective gear, especially when riding at night, can make you more visible and reduce the chance of being hit. Making sure that lights are on and operating correctly are also essential for being seen, in the day and at night.
Know your machine
One of the most important things you can do is get to know your motorcycle and how it works. Different bikes ride differently and require different techniques to operate safely. For example, a sport bike is lighter compared to a cruiser. Knowing how your bike will respond will help you take evasive maneuvers quickly and efficiently should the need arise.
Wear protective gear
Sometimes no matter how visible you can make yourself, accidents can still happen. Wearing protective gear such as helmets, leathers, and gloves can help minimize injury in case you go down. Motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous for the driver of a vehicle than the rider of a motorcycle. Taking precautions, even if they seem excessive, can be the difference between life or death.
While motorcycles can be a lot of fun, they can be dangerous. Motorcyclists can find themselves in some precarious situations when sharing the road with larger vehicles. But with the proper tools and knowledge, motorcycling can be a rewarding and satisfying past time.
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