May is motorcycle safety awareness month, and while we hope that you are following safe driving practices every time you ride, we have some tips to share with you about how to make your rides safer. It is dangerous to assume that other drivers will be aware of your presence on the road, and taking these precautions can make your ride safer and more enjoyable:
- Wear proper riding attire. Wearing the proper clothing can protect you not only if you crash, but it can also protect you while you are driving your motorcycle. For example, it is important to wear pants because the exhaust on the motorcycle gets extremely hot, and a burn to the leg could distract you from the road and result in a crash. Likewise, wearing a sturdy pair of shoes can make it easier for you to shift gears, providing a smoother, safer ride.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure that you are aware of where the other vehicles are on the road while you are operating your motorcycle. It would be nice if every driver was attentive to motorcyclists, but that is not always the case. Make sure that you give yourself space to maneuver should the need arise. If you find yourself riding in a group of traffic, find a way to get more space; traveling in a pack of cars reduces your visibility, and it is much more difficult for other drivers to see you than it would be if you were in open road.
- Don’t press boundaries. Know what you are capable of, especially if you have a passenger. It might be fun to drive fast and to weave in between cars, but if you are a new driver or are not comfortable with your motorcycle, these actions can be dangerous. You should also pay attention to the weather and its effects on the roads; if it is raining, be careful in turns and driving in general, as the roads are slick and visibility is limited.
- Take a safety course. If you are still uncomfortable with riding a motorcycle, it may be in your best interest to invest in a motorcycle safety course. You can learn valuable tips on safe driving, how to be aware of your surroundings, and even practice with an instructor.
Hopefully you find these tips useful for your rides. Being prepared and following safe practices can make your rides more enjoyable and less likely to result in tragedy. If you do find yourself injured in a motorcycle accident and you need representation to get the compensation you deserve contact the attorneys at SM Law Group. Call us TODAY for a free consultation. We offer affordable payment plans.