Riding a motorcycle is both thrilling and fun when done responsibly. However, one of the most common motor vehicle accidents in the United States involves motorcycles hitting or being hit by an automobile. Motorcycle riding comes with a whole extra set of vehicle safety rules to follow. Here are 4 tips that every motorcyclist should follow to be a safer rider.
4. Good Gear
One of the most important things is riding with the best gear available. This means reinforced jacket and gloves, full pants, good shoes that go over the ankle and of course a helmet. Riding in jeans and a T-shirt is just asking to be injured further if an accident occurs.
3. Weather Conscious
Don’t try to ride in weather conditions you have never ridden in before. Heavy ice and snow is pretty common in Colorado during the winter, and can be hazardous to motorcyclists. Heavy rain should also be avoided, because you can lose grip on the road and slide out of control.
2. Defensive Driving
As a motorcycle rider, you are more susceptible to injury from automobiles than they are from you. This means that you need to keep a better eye on the road and drive much more defensively. Avoid riding near cars where you can see drivers messing with their phones or people who change lanes too frequently. Leave enough space between you and the vehicles in front of you, and never tailgate.
1. Practice Riding
If you can find a riding course, visit it and get in some practice. Being as in control of your motorcycle as possible can help you avoid roadway incidents.
Of course, having the right insurance coverage is important, too. Contact 1st American Insurance Agency with any questions you might have or for a quote.