As spring draws closer, more riders are preparing for warmer weather and longer trips on their motorcycles. However, even experienced motorcyclists can benefit from reviewing some safety tips before returning to the roads this spring.
Make sure you have the right gloves
Most seasoned riders know that they need the right gear to protect themselves on their bikes. You may have the jackets, the pants, the boots, the helmet and the eyewear. However, some riders overlook their gloves. It’s critical to find a pair of gloves that are thin enough for control and still warm enough for windy days.
Ride with people you trust
Riding with a group is always more fun than riding solo. However, you need to make sure you are bringing the right people with you during your trips. You do not want to ride with someone who make poor choices before getting on the bike or while they are riding. It is also important to avoid riding with people who don’t know how to handle their bike. It’s far more likely that someone with little experience will cause an accident that affects you. We see it all the time.
Leave room for an escape
Riders know that many accidents start with passenger vehicles, not motorcycles. Motorcyclists must take every precaution to protect themselves from fatal injuries, including developing an escape route. If you are at a stop sign, consider staying in gear and watching the traffic behind you in case you need to move or giving more space. You can also consider alternative routes with less traffic. Always consider what other drivers may do and be prepared to take action to avoid them – it could save your life.
Remember your skills
Driving a motorcycle can be more challenging than driving a car. You need quick reactions and know how to properly maneuver the roads without being hit or causing problems for other drivers. You have to consider your skills and how to apply them while driving this spring. Think about leaving a cushion between you and other vehicles, and make sure to feather your clutch on slower, tighter turns.
These four tips protect even the most experienced riders on the road. However, if you are still involved in an accident, make sure to seek medical attention and gather evidence at the scene if possible. You need to prioritize yourself first.