Seasoned riders swear by these tips that keep them safe on the road.
Nothing beats the freedom of the road under your two wheels, and the wind rushing over your body. Ideally, the road is an open one with as little cars in sight. But, as you already know, that’s hardly ever the case. Motorcyclists face a bigger threat of being in an accident since not all drivers are looking out for bikers. Additionally, cars are about 8 times heavier than motorcycles. Should you get hit, your bike won’t be able to absorb all of the energy—meaning it’ll go directly to you. Use these safety tips offered by professional riders to keep you, and your bike, safe.
- Use proper gear.
Despite what movies and commercials may portray, looking cool should not be the first priority when you hop on your bike – staying alive is. You should ALWAYS wear a DOT-approved helmet. Also, don’t forget glasses/goggles to protect your vision, gloves for your hands, and gear to protect your legs and arms.
- Never bike tired.
You wouldn’t operate a car tired, so why would you do so with your bike? Stop every 75-125 miles to properly gauge your alertness. Pull over, stretch, and maybe do some jumping-jacks to wake yourself up!
- Be Visible.
Octopi are masters of disguise. They are able to shape shift and change their color to identically match their environment. You are not an octopus because you WANT to be seen! (But also because you’re a human!) Brown and black apparel blends in with the road, and therefore is not your friend. Wear something bright to be seen like a nylon mesh with neon reflective taping.
- Look at where you are.
You need to pay attention to the road you’re on. Error on the side of caution when it comes to lane changes, curves, uncertain roads you don’t travel often.
Being safe on the road is of the utmost importance. Having the right motorcycle insurance policy in place can help to give you the coverage you deserve while out on the roads. Contact Scautub Agency in Scotia, New York for all of your vehicle insurance needs.