Now that warm weather is here, bikers are on the road in larger numbers. The only thing protecting them from other vehicles, are the safety precautions that they follow. Motorcycles do not have any protective barriers around them. If an accident occurs, the likelihood that the biker will be killed or seriously injured is very high.
Safety Checks and Protective Clothing
Before motorcyclists decide to take their bikes on the road, it is important to make sure that the bike is in proper working order. Always make sure that the head and brake lights are working correctly and that the tires are not worn.
Protective gear is another crucial aspect to safe riding. Wearing a helmet is the best way to prevent serious head injuries in the event of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of a fatal accident by 37 percent. Riders should also wear eye protection and clothing that covers the arms and legs. Wearing brightly colored clothing in the day and reflective clothing at night will help riders stand out to drivers of other motor vehicles.
Practice Before Driving on the Road
If you are not a seasoned biker, take as much time as needed to practice driving a motorcycle before it is driven on the road. Practice stopping in normal and bad weather to gain the road’s feel. Driving courses can also give novice riders much needed road experience.
Be a Defensive Driver
Paying attention to objects that are on the road, noticing vehicles that are carrying loads of materials and watching how other drivers are operating their vehicles, is a part of defensive driving. Be aware of vehicles that make sudden lane changes and leave enough distance between them and you so that there will be a safe response time. Watch out for blind spots, especially around large trucks.
Driving with respect for yourself and others will make your presence on the road a much safer one. If a family member or you are in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable and experienced attorney can help.