Getting your first motorcycle may fulfill a lifelong dream – or it may just be a convenient and fairly cheap way to get around town without having to ride the bus. However, motorcycles also come with their own safety issues and dangers. You are exposed to the elements and other drivers, without tons of metal to protect you. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your life as a motorcycle rider.
Safety tips for motorcycle riders
Make these tips a habit, so that you always ride safely:
1. Get to know your bike very well, and practice riding until it becomes second nature. Doing so will enable you to react to what is going on around you without having to worry about the basics of riding.
2. Avoid distractions. You may want to listen to music as you ride, but this might be a distraction that can end up in an accident. You need to make sure that you can hear what is going on around you, and you need to give riding your full concentration.
3. Watch out for your blind spot. Just because the car right next to you should be able to see you doesn’t mean they will. This is true even when you are driving a car (unfortunately!), but it can be deadly when you are on a bike. Always anticipate that the car next to you might try to change lanes, even if you are in their way.
4. Make sure you stay far behind the car ahead of you. You always want to make sure that you have plenty of time to react to what the car in front of you does.
5. Wear protective equipment, even on a hot day. This includes a helmet, of course, but also a heavy leather jacket, which will protect you if you end up on the ground.
While riding on a motorcycle, you are especially vulnerable. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, which can be very complex and challenging. Call Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 301-709-7195, for a free initial consultation today.