Riding a motorcycle is fuel efficient, typically cheaper than driving a car and just plain cool. There is nothing quite like cruising down an open stretch of highway with the wind in your face and nothing between you and the beautiful scenery of Georgia. However, these benefits also come with some significant risks. For example, a motorcycle wreck is much more likely to end in the death of the rider than most car wrecks.
While this does not mean that you should give up riding your motorcycle, it does indicate that it would be appropriate to always follow even basic motorcycle safety protocols. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your next ride.
Invest in the right gear
Having the right riding gear is just as important as having the right bike. In other words, no matter how hot it is outside, it is never a good idea to take off on your bike wearing shorts and flip-flops. Even if you are just cruising up to the corner store, at least wear a pair of jeans to limit road rash in case you are involved in an accident.
Also, never leave your helmet at home. Every time you climb on your bike, you should be wearing your helmet since even a low-speed seemingly minor wreck can result in brain trauma if your head is unprotected.
Don’t venture out of your comfort zone
Your bike should be a comfortable fit for you and easy for you to handle. Having the biggest and coolest bike you can afford is not a good idea if it does not fit your physical capabilities. Not only should you be familiar and comfortable with your motorcycle, you should also be just as comfortable with your route. By knowing where you are going, you can stay focused on your safety without worrying about missing a turn.
Do an inspection
Every time you are about to take your bike out for a ride, you should do a quick inspection. Check the tire pressure, mirrors and the lights, and look for loose bolts and leaks. Even if you take very good care of your motorcycle and keep up with the required maintenance, you should always take a few minutes to ensure that everything is functioning properly before you get out on the road.
In addition to the above tips, you should take extra precautions for the changing weather and when you have a passenger. Also, keep in mind that people operating cars and trucks will generally not see you. This means you must be a defensive and alert rider every time you are on your bike.
Unfortunately, even the safest rider can become involved in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver. If this happens, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and the damage to your bike.