Motorcycle Safety Tips
Riding a motorcycle is first and foremost, fun! But there are important factors to keep in mind when becoming a motorcyclist. Life is full of risk and everything we do has risk factors involved. Riding a motorcycle is no exception. Obviously biking can be dangerous and it certainly carries it’s share of risk, but there is much that can be done to reduce that risk even if it cannot be eliminated. Here are some important safety tips that can help you.
First and foremost, always wear your helmet. Not just any helmet will do. Your helmet should be approved by the Department of Transportation or DOT. You might think all helmets would be DOT approved, but that is not the case. Check for the DOT sticker on any helmet you buy. It could save your live.
It’s also important to cover up other parts of your body. Long sleeves are a must. If you will be riding faster than 25 miles per hour, then a long sleeve jacket is recommended. Leather is best as it can help save you from a nasty case of road rash should an accident occur. Leather gloves can also go a long way to protecting your hands in case of an accident. Gloves designed specifically for riding are best. Long pants made of sturdy material like denim or leather will protect your legs. You can also purchase leather chaps for additional protection. Lastly, don’t for get the boots. Over the ankle type boots are best.
Don’t be one of those foolish people you see screaming down the highway with nothing but a short sleeve t-shirt, shorts and flip flops on. That person is just asking for trouble!
Improving your visibility can also reduce your risk of accident. Bright colored equipment will help a lot. Most helmets and clothing can be purchased in neon type colors that really grab attention.
It is also a good idea to stay out of driver blind spots. If you are behind another vehicle and you can’t see a driver’s face in his mirrors then there is no way he can see you.
Finally, taking a motorcycle safety course is not a bad idea. Check online for classes in your area.