RIDING SAFETY TIPS
Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most enjoyable
experiences. However, if you are not careful, it can also be one
of the deadliest. Below are some common safety tips that will help
you be a smart motorcycle rider. If you are a first time motorcycle
rider, you should take a course on how to properly ride a bike.
It is a good idea if you examine the the safety check guide and how
to keep your bike clean pages. First time riders should
check out the
guide for beginners.
Wear the Proper Attire
Wearing the right apparel while riding a motorcycle will not
only make your ride more comfortable, it can save your life!
Helmets - A helmet that is DOT (Department of Transportation)
approved is a must! There is not much between you and the road if
you ever get into an accident. Without a helmet, you are very
likely to be seriously injured, perhaps even fatally!
Learn more about the
motorcycle helmet laws where you live.
Eyewear - Eye protection like goggles or shatter
proof sunglasses are also important. If you are riding your
motorcycle with no eye protection you are vulnerable to something,
like a bug, getting into your eye and impairing your ability to drive
Clothes - Wearing long sleeve
shirts or jacket and long pants are a must, even during the summer. Again, if
you crash, there is not much between you and the road. Crashing while wearing improper clothes
will leave you seriously cut and hurt.
Wearing sturdy shoes with good grip is
also important. You want to be able to not have to worry about slipping while
More about buying protective gear.
Always make sure that your tires have enough tread and air
pressure. Get more info about buying the
right tires for your bike.
Learn what you should do in the event that get into an
Night Riding - When riding your motorcycle at night, make sure
your headlight is on and wear reflective or bright clothes so that you can be
seen by everyone on the road.
Braking - When you decide to stop on your motorcycle, make sure
you use your brakes at the same time. Typically, when driving conditions
are favorable, your front brakes make up approximately two thirds of your
motorcycles stopping power. The amount of pressure you use will depend on how
good a rider you are, what kind of bike you have and how the road conditions
Handling Curves - Curves should be handled with care. You want to
decrease speed when approaching curves. As you go through the curve, start to
increase speed. Increasing speed will create stability. If you go into a curve
to fast, stability can not be accomplished.
Handling Stuff on the Road - When you see sand, water and/or mud
on the street, you need to drive carefully by decelerating. You also want to
stay away from changing your direction or speed as you drive through foreign
Rain - If possible, try and avoid driving in the rain. The roads
are very bad for motorcycle riders when it rains. The roads become very slick.
If you do ride in the rain, keep a greater distance than you normally would from
the car in front of you.
Be Prepared - Check the weather forecast before you go out to
ride. Also, try and foresee any issues that may affect riding conditions.
Passengers - When you have a passenger on your bike it is your
responsibility to inform them where to keep there hands and feet at all times.
Teach them how to lean while taking turns. You also need to make sure that your
passenger is protected with the same safety gear and clothes you are wearing.
Riding with a passenger makes balance and control of your bike a great
challenge. Make sure your passenger is wearing all of the proper riding gear,
knows where and how to sit, where to put their feet and hands and how to lean
through turns. Tell them to look over your shoulder in the direction of the
turn. Remember that the passenger is "your" responsibility and should be
properly educated, prepared and ready to ride.
Don't Drive Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol - Period!
Riding in a Group - If you intend on riding with a group, it
is very important that everyone in your group understands the
basic motorcycle hand signals.
Driving in Traffic - Never be
aggressive while riding in traffic. You don't want to put
yourself in a situation where you can not see a hazardous
situation until it is too late. It is also important that you
make yourself seen to the other
vehicles while on the open road.
We invite beginner riders to check
out the section on learning how
to ride a motorcycle from a professional.
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