Driving a motorcycle is significantly more dangerous than driving a car and requires an extra set of safety precautions and tips to keep in mind. There can be many benefits to riding a motorcycle, like cheaper payments than a car, better gas mileage, easier parking, and they’re quite fun to ride. However, much more risk is involved when choosing to ride a motorcycle.
Whether you’re an experienced motorcycle rider or just starting out with a bit of research, Staples & Associates has compiled a list of top safety tips that can help you stay safe on the road and reduce that risk.
1. Know Your Motorcycle
There are many different kinds and sizes of motorcycles out there. Do your research to understand exactly what type of motorcycle you are able to control and handle properly. If you’ve recently gotten a new bike, it’s important to practice riding it until you feel familiar and comfortable riding in different weather conditions and when faced with potential hazards like potholes, before taking it into traffic.
2. Wear Safety Gear
It’s the law in most states to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, and proper helmet use saves thousands of lives every year. But besides consistently wearing a helmet, other safety gear should be worn to protect other parts of your body from a potential accident. Keep your arms and legs covered with a thick material such as denim or leather. Boots and gloves are also important to consider when riding for a better grip and more protection.
3. Stay Visible
Even alert drivers can have difficulty seeing motorcyclists so distracted drivers are an even bigger danger. The best thing that you can do is stay visible as much as possible. Be mindful of the blind spots of the cars and trucks nearby. Have reflective material on your bike or clothing to be seen and keep your headlight on even in the daytime as a proactive safety measure.
4. Obey Traffic Laws
It may be easier to navigate through lanes and lights when you’re smaller than a car but obeying the appropriate traffic laws is essential to safety when riding a motorcycle. Your safety is always more important than getting to where you’re going so be mindful of the speed limit and follow the traffic laws.
5. Be Insured
Insurance is a must when riding a motorcycle. Not only is liability coverage required by law, but it can help cover expenses from damaging a vehicle or injuring a person in an accident. At Staples & Associates, our bodily injury liability automatically includes coverage for guest passengers. We also offer collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and more.
Find more information on the motorcycle insurance coverage Staples & Associates offers here to make sure you’re as safe as possible on the road. We are dedicated to making sure you’re covered in every part, and at every stage, of your life. Contact us today for the insurance coverage that’s unique to you, your bike, and your lifestyle!