Mommy's Favorite Things: Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

 Motorcycles can be good modes of transportation in good weather when you don't need to carry much. They're agile, burn less fuel, and don't need nearly as much space to park as a car. A bike is also one of the best ways to joyride. Feeling the wind as you glide over the open road can put a smile on your face as your stress melts away. On the downside, motorcycle accidents can cause more serious injuries than in other vehicles. Safely is paramount. These tips can help you enjoy your ride and make it home in one piece.

Proper Gear

Motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles often are caused by car drivers not being aware of the limitations of bikes. In these cases, you may find yourself needing a motorcycle injury attorney. Riders need to take every precaution and it starts with wearing proper protective gear. Whether or not your state requires a helmet, always wear one. Head injuries are common and often serious. Wear a visor or goggles to protect your eyes from debris. Leather jackets, gloves, and pants are also needed to protect your skin from pavement should you go down.

Take a Safety Course

Motorcycles offer far less protection than a car and also require more skill to ride. Before starting out on two wheels, it's a good idea to take a motorcycle safety course. In addition to beginner's classes, there are more advanced courses that cover everything a rider needs to know to maximize safety while on their bikes.

Follow Traffic Laws

Although smaller and more mobile, motorcycles still need to be ridden in accordance with traffic laws. They exist to protect everyone on the road. Ride in one lane, just as you would in a car, and obey stop signs, traffic lights, and speed limits. Weaving between cars or riding on shoulders is dangerous and could result in injury or a fatality.

Inspect Your Motorcycle

A properly-functioning bike is a key to safety. The time to find out your tire pressure is low or your brakes need work is before you get on your motorcycle, not in the middle of a ride. Always inspect your bike before heading out The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has created the acronym "TCLOCS" to help bikers remember to check their tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis, and stands. Doing so consistently can prevent a breakdown that can be at best inconvenient, and at worst, cause an injury. 

See and Be Seen

When out for a ride, good situational awareness is important. Make sure you have good visibility and can see traffic, the condition of the road, and obstacles. Likewise, make sure other motorists can see you. Many motorcycle accidents happen because a driver didn't see the bike. Ride with your lights on and make sure they are clean and functional before you leave. Avoid riding behind other vehicles and approach intersections slowly, allowing drivers to see you before you enter.

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun way to travel. There are more hazards associated with bikes than cars. Be sure to follow these safety tips to avoid accidents that can be harmful and life-threatening.