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10 Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Riders

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Motorcycles are supposed to be fun and exciting. Most people buy a bike because they want to enjoy the open road, the wind in their hair, and freedom. Unfortunately, motorcycles are extremely dangerous for the riders – not because of the bike itself, but because of the motorists sharing the road with your motorcycle.

When you purchase a new motorcycle, do yourself a service by familiarizing yourself with several safety manuals and driving lessons.

10 Essential Safety Tips to Consider as a New Motorcycle Rider

It is imperative that you know how to operate your motorcycle safely and efficiently. Whether you purchased a new bike or a used bike, consider these safety tips as a first-time rider.

  1. Avoid Distractions – Motorcycles rely on your having two hands on the handlebars to control it. So, put away the distractions like cell phones, music players, and any other device that takes your hands off those bars and your eyes away from the road.

  2. Keep Your Eyes Moving – Your eyes should be darting around the roads at all times. You should look ahead, to your side, and use rear-view mirrors to see what is behind you.

  3. Pay Attention to the Weather – Always review the day’s weather report before going out on a ride. Motorcycles do not fare well on slick or slippery roads. So, if it is going to rain that day, skip the bike and opt for your vehicle instead.

  4. Leave Yourself “Out Room” – “Out room” is where you can swerve or come to a sudden stop without another vehicle striking you. Whether that is room on the side of the road or creating room by keeping your distance between the leading vehicle, it could save your life.

  5. Make Yourself Noticeable – While you do not need flashy colors, having reflective strips and avoiding black gear will make you stand out enough for motorists to see you day or night.

  6. Do Not Ride While Tired – Drowsy driving is just as possible on a bike as it is in a car. If you are tired, stop and rest. If you are on a long ride, stop every 60 to 100 miles to stretch your legs.

  7. Outside, Inside, Outside – Any time you are traveling the path of a curve, start at the outer portion of your lane, then move toward the inside of the curve, then head back to the outside near the end. Doing so makes the curve straighter.

  8. Wear a Helmet – If you are over 21, you are not required to wear a helmet, but you should anyway. A helmet could save your life in the event that you are in an accident.

  9. Always Defend – Be a defensive motorcycle rider. Never assume that vehicles see you or care that you are on the road.

  10. Take Lessons – Always keep your riding skills honed by taking defensive bike courses, education programs, and licensing refresher courses to stay safe.

If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Schedule a consultation now at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld P.A. Our injury attorneys are here to assist you every step of the way. Meet with us for a free case evaluation by calling 954-677-0155 or by requesting more information online.

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