As the weather gets nicer, more people start to take their motorcycles out for a spin. But, as most of us know, motorcycles can be dangerous. They just really aren’t as safe as cars, but hey, that might be part of the appeal for you. Getting on your bike when it’s a nice, sunny day can be exhilarating. But before you hit the road after our long winter, make sure you:
- Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals.
- Check the oil and fuel levels.
- Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly.
- Check the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed.
- Lube the chain and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s specs.
- Try a rider-training course to brush up on your skills.
Another good idea is to invest in good gear. When you’re on a motorcycle there really isn’t much between you and the pavement. Protecting your body with the right equipment is always a good idea. A high-quality helmet, leather jacket and pants, durable non-slip gloves and boots or sneakers that cover your ankles are a necessity.
When you do finally get out on the road with your motorcycle that has been checked and in all your gear, make sure that you keep yourself safe.
- Know your bike’s limits.
- Stick to the speed limit.
- Don’t tailgate other vehicles.
- Use your signals.
- Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.
- Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
- Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.
Weather can also be a problem when riding your motorcycle. Make sure that you check the weather before going out for a ride. Heavy rain, snow and ice can cause major issues and accidents. Another good idea is to take a motorcycle safety course. You might even get a discount from your insurance company if you do so.
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