Whether you ride for efficiency or fun, riding a motorcycle comes with many risks. In fact, a motorcyclist is 30 times more likely to die in a crash than individuals in a car. Luckily, motorcyclists can enjoy a lifetime of enjoyment without injury by being prepared and avoiding risks. Read on to learn the top safety tips for motorcyclists.
The Top 4 Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
1. Don’t buy a bike you can’t handle
If you’re shopping for a motorcycle, one of the most important factors is that you purchase a bike that is the right size for you and your skill level. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to use your tiptoes. The handlebars and controls should be easy for you to reach and the model should be easy for you to get on and off of. If a motorcycle feels too heavy for you, it probably is.
When it comes to engine displacement, it is very important to purchase a motorcycle you can handle. A smaller model with a 250cc engine to a 350cc engine can be a great option for motorcyclists who are just starting out or looking for a commuter. For more experienced riders or those who will be doing a lot of highway riding, a motorcycle with a 500cc to 750cc engine will be a good option.
2. Take a motorcycle safety course
Before you can legally ride a motorcycle in the state of Florida, you will need your motorcycle endorsement. This is available to riders only after they have completed the riding course associated with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). However, while this is a necessary course to take before you can legally ride, it is advised that riders who already have their endorsement but have not ridden in an extended period of time take the course as a refresher. Not only is this an easy step to take, but it could potentially save your life. Not sure where you sign up in your area? The MSF website lists more than 2,700 locations for courses throughout the United States.
3. Wear the appropriate gear
Your jeans, t-shirt, and sandals may be comfortable, but they are not safe to wear while riding your motorcycle. Instead, be sure to wear gear that will protect you from the element (think wind chill, bugs, debris, and the like), but also road rash in the case of a potential crash. Specially-designed jackets equipped with rugged padding and breathable mesh provide both ventilation and protection, while a DOT-approved helmet will keep your head protected. Close-toes shoes and protective eyewear is also important.
4. Avoid riding in bad weather
Inclement weather happens at inconvenient times and poses a huge risk for motorcyclists. If you experience bad weather while riding, the best option is to pull over if possible and wait it out. If you have to ride in wet conditions, take these tips into consideration:
- Go easy on the brakes and throttle
- Avoid accelerating through turns
- Avoid sudden movement
- When making a turn, slow down beforehand and avoid braking through a turn
- During rain or snow, it is safest to align your bike with the tire tracks left by cars
- If your bike locks up, do not panic. Release the rear brake and then apply it immediately
- Avoid slick spots
- Wear brightly-colored clothing and reflective gear
- Use your low beam headlight when it’s difficult to see through mist
- Consider investing in fog-free glasses
- Maintain a greater following distance than usual
Hire a Reputable Motorcycle Accident Attorney if You Are Ever in a Crash
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is a terrifying event, no matter how serious. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, file a report with the police immediately. Be sure to get the name, contact information, and insurance information from the other driver and take pictures of the accident, your motorcycle, the other vehicle involved, your injuries, and any skid marks or property that was damaged. Most importantly, don’t delay in getting any medical treatment that you may need.
Finally, having an experienced attorney on your side is pertinent. If you have been in a Motorcycle Accident in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, or Bradenton, please call Clark Law today at (855) 680-4911 to speak with an experienced Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. We want to get the best possible results for your motorcycle accident legal case.Contact Us