Operating a motorcycle takes different skills than driving a car; however, the laws of the road apply to every driver exactly the same. A mix of consistent education, regard for traffic laws and basic good sense can go a long way in assisting to reduce the amount of fatalities associated with motorcycle accidents on a yearly basis
Below is a checklist that all motorcycle riders should follow:
Always wear a helmet with a face shield or protective eyewear – Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect against severe head injuries. A motorcycle rider not wearing head gear is 5 x more likely to sustain a severe head injury.
Wear appropriate gear – Make sure to wear protective gear and clothing that will minimize the degree of injuries in case of a crash or a skid. Wearing leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles, and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries.
Consider attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make it easy for other drivers to check for you.
Follow traffic rules – Obey the speed limit; the faster you drive, the longer it will take you to stop. Pay attention to local traffic laws and rules of the road.
Ride defensively – Don’t assume that a driver is able to see you, as nearly two-thirds of the majority of motorcycle accidents are due to a driver violating a rider’s right of way. You should always ride with your headlights on; steer clear of a driver’s blind spot; signal well ahead of time of any change in direction; and watch for turning vehicles.
Stay Educated and up to date with your Riding Skills – Complete a formal riding education program, get licensed and take riding courses from time to time to better develop riding techniques as well as sharpen your street-riding strategies.
Be awake and ride sober – Don’t drink and ride, you could cause harm to yourself as well as others. Additionally, fatigue and drowsiness can impair your ability to react, so ensure that you are well rested once you hit the road.
Preparing To Ride
Ensuring that your motorcycle is fit for the road is equally as important as practicing safe riding. Should something be wrong on your motorcycle, it’s going to be in your best interest to determine just before traveling on the road. To make sure that your motorcycle is in good condition, check out the following:
Tires – look for any cracks or bulges, or signs of wear in the treads. Low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout.
Under the motorcycle – Try to look for signs of oil or gas leaks
Headlight, taillight and signals – Test for high & low beams. Be sure that all lighting is functioning
Hydraulic and Coolant fluids – Level needs to be checked weekly
Once you’ve mounted the motorcycle, complete the following checks:
Clutch and throttle
*Make certain they are working smoothly. Throttle should snap back if released.
*Mirrors – Clean and adjust all mirrors to ensure sharpest viewing
*Brakes – Test front and rear brakes. Each brake should feel firm and support the motorcycle still when fully applied
*Horn – Test the horn
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