7 Important Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
You love riding your motorcycle.
The feeling of the wind in your face, the open road … You can’t get that same thrill riding in a car.
But one wrong move and you can quickly tumble off your motorcycle, your enjoyable afternoon ride turning into a trip to the hospital.
Motorcycles pose their own unique safety concerns, and sometimes even the most seasoned riders forget the rules. Here are 7 safety tips for motorcyclists to keep you on the road and enjoying life:
Always Wear the Right Gear
You don’t want to take a gamble with your life by wearing those comfortable shorts and flip-flops on a ride.
Instead, always make sure you’re properly geared up for each ride.
Wear a helmet with face guard that fits you properly. Put on jeans, tennis shoes or riding boots, and a long-sleeved leather jacket. Gloves are also advisable to protect the skin on your knuckles should you need to quickly set your bike down in an emergency.
If you’re going to ride at night, consider adding reflective tape to the back of your jacket and helmet so you’re more easily seen.
Follow the Rules of the Road
We get it; riding your motorcycle is just, plain fun. But that doesn’t mean you get to forget about the Rules of the Road.
Obey the speed limit. The faster you’re going, the longer it will take you to stop in an emergency.
Always use your turn signals, and be sure they’re in good working order before you set out for a ride.
Stay in your own lane, and never try to get around traffic by riding on the shoulder. You never know when someone will need to swerve, causing you to collide.
Ride Rested & Sober
Impaired driving, whether you’re under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or lack of sleep, is dangerous.
If you’re on a long trip and you start to get tired, pull over and take a rest. Call for a ride to a nearby hotel or rest stop if you need to.
And no matter if you’ve had one drink or 10, don’t get on your bike until you’re sober. If you have to, have a friend take you home and come back for your bike later.
Check Your Bike
Before you head out on any ride, whether it’s across the country or just around the corner, make sure your motorcycle is in good condition and safe to ride.
Some of the things you need to check include:
- Tires: Make sure they’re properly inflated and have good tread.
- Underneath: Check for oil or fluid leaks.
- Lights: Be sure your brake lights, headlights, and turn signals all function properly.
- Clutch & throttle: Test them to make sure they move smoothly and “snap back” properly.
- Mirrors: Clean them if necessary and adjust to proper positions.
- Brakes: Test to make sure they move correctly and stop the motorcycle when applied.
- Hydraulic & coolant fluids: Check levels of both weekly.
Never assume that another driver can see you.
Protect yourself by keeping your eyes out for any potential hazards. When turning, signal well before you plan to turn. Stay out of the blind spots of other drivers, and ride with your headlights on.
At night, wear reflective gear to increase your chances of being seen.
While you may feel like a solidly experienced, skilled rider, it never hurts to have a little more education.
Find a motorcycle safety course near you and take it, at least once every couple of years.
You’ll get a refresher course on the Rules of the Road in the classroom portion, and the practical section will remind you how to maneuver around hazards you may not encounter every day.
Bonus: Many motorcycle insurance companies give you a discount on premiums for completing motorcycle safety courses, so check with your carrier to see if you qualify.
Carry Safety Gear
Accidents can happen, and you need to be prepared.
In your motorcycle’s pack, keep collapsible safety cones, a couple flares, a bottle of water, and a light blanket, like a space blanket, in case of an emergency.
Roadside Assistance in Utah
No matter how carefully you prepare, accidents and breakdowns happen. If you’re in need of emergency roadside assistance for your motorcycle or vehicle in Utah, trust West Coast Towing. We have 24/7 rapid response times to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Call today!