Motorcycle Rider Safety

Awareness Benefits Everyone on the Road

Riding Smart Saves Lives

For any motorcycle rider, staying safe on the road is a primary concern. Unfortunately, riders sometimes make choices that actually put themselves in grave danger. But by taking just a few minutes on a regular basis to study driving habits, riders can learn to recognize small changes that can easily be made to improve driving safety on the road. Afterwards, riders will begin to experience a much greater degree of well-being each time they’re on a ride.

Rider Safety Recommendations

Safety Helmets
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Advancements in helmet technology make helmets safer than ever.

Body Protection
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Wearing full-body protection can reduce the chances of severe injury.

Improve Your Visibility

Car drivers often get too close to motorcycle riders simply because the riders are not highly visible. Adding reflective tape to helmets, gloves, and on your motorcycle can catch the eye of an un-alert driver and prevent a potentially deadly crash. Round reflective panels can also be attached to various parts of your motorcycle. Riding with the headlights on during daytime hours is one of the best safety habits.

Add to Your Safety Wardrobe

In many states motorcycle riders are required to wear a helmet and other safety gear items. If these items are not worn at all or worn incorrectly, then even a personal injury attorney may not be able to argue in favor of a motorcycle accident victim. Helmets require only a small investment and have the potential to save a life. Heavy duty gloves, thick jackets, and protective pads also add to rider safety.

Pay Close Attention to Cars Turning Left

You have probably seen an automobile driver make a left turn across a lane in front of your line of travel. This is probably the most common motorcycle accident scenario. Motorcycle riders should scrutinize every car turning left in front of them so they have time to adjust their speed or react accordingly. Remember, car drivers are typically looking for other cars in oncoming lanes, not motorcycles.

Avoid Patches of Gravel

Gravel is often clustered in the tight spaces of shoulders and curves. Motorcycle riders often hit these patches of gravel and lose control of their bikes. Taking corners and curves at a moderate speed will help prevent loss of control. Obey the speed limits and remember the old rule – “slow in, fast out”.