If you’ve recently joined the ranks of the nearly 48 million motorcyclists in the U.S., congratulations! Nothing says “freedom” like cruising down a winding mountain road on a beautiful sunny day in Denver. We wish you nothing but the best as you embark on your exciting new adventure!
…And here comes the “but.” After all, what kind of motorcycle accident attorney would wish you well on your new purchase without offering up a warning about staying safe on the road? We’re just looking out for you, that’s all. Without any further ado, here are some of the top motorcycle safety tips to help you get started on the right path.
- Wear a Helmet- We shouldn’t even have to say this, but it always bears repeating. It is strongly recommended that motorcyclists wear a regulation helmet while riding, no matter how short of a distance they are traveling or how long they’ve been riding a motorcycle. None of that matters when it’s your life on the line. We want to see you get to enjoy your motorcycle for years to come, so please, wear a helmet every single time you ride, either as a driver or a passenger.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Course- How did you learn to drive a car? Odds are, you probably didn’t just hop into the front seat and take off down the road. You had to learn the basics, such as road safety rules, braking, accelerating, and changing lanes. The same thing applies to motorcycles- for your own safety, not to mention the safety of your fellow motorists, consider taking a motorcycle course before taking to the streets on your new bike.
- Wear Motorcycle Gear- You know, riding a motorcycle is more than a mode of transportation- it’s a lifestyle! Why not embrace your inner biker with a full ensemble of motorcycle gear? We’re talking jacket, pants, boots, gloves, and helmet. (We’ll say it again- HELMET.) Not only does motorcycle gear immediately up your cool factor but it can also go a long way toward keeping you well-protected in the event of an accident.
- Obey Road Rules- Just like when you’re driving a car, it’s important to obey all traffic rules when you’re riding your motorcycle. This means stopping at red lights and stop signs, using correct turn signals, and driving the posted speed limit at all times. It may sound pretty basic, but it can save your life.
- Keep Your Distance- It’s unfortunate but true- cars don’t always see motorcycles in their blind spots, and an abrupt lane change or tailgating incident can be a matter of life or death for riders. As the smaller vehicle, it’s up to you to stay at a safe distance from other motorists. Try to keep at least four seconds away from the car in front of you at all times.
It’s possible to stay safe and still have fun while riding your motorcycle if you just take these tips into consideration before you venture out on your first joyride. Happy cruising!