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by Michael Harbron on Oct 08, 2018

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least eighty percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. So, while taking to the road can be very enticing, these kinds of numbers just emphasize the importance of taking necessary precautions to avoid getting into an accident in the first place. Whether you go on a cross country ride on the highway or just a tour around town, here are some very important tips that can help you to avoid becoming one of those statistics.


Wear Proper Gear 

Even if the sun is bearing down on you, it is important for you to wear the proper motorcycle attire before you take to the road. Wearing long leather pants, long sleeve shirts made of some type of thick material, gloves, protective eyewear, and boots that cover the ankles can be very effective in protecting you from scrapes or other more serious injuries if you were to take a spill. 

When you’re on the road, always make sure that you are visible to other drivers. This means wearing bright colors that will stand out in contrast to the other elements. It also helps to have reflectors on your clothing as well as on your bike. Another way to be visible is to use your headlights, even during daylight hours.  

Make it a habit of thinking of where other motorists can see you, position your bike in a part of the lane so that you can be seen. If you’re not sure that a motorist can see you and you can’t move right away, let them know of your presence by honking your horn.


Protect Your Head  

Always wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet when you’re on the road. If you’re a long-time motorcyclist, then replace your helmet at least once every five years to ensure that it is always up to code. If you’ve been in a crash, don’t assume that because there is no visible sign of damage that the helmet is okay. Replace it immediately.


Stay Alert  

Keep your eyes open for other motorists who may not be paying attention to the road. One very real danger for motorcyclists is those motorists who are talking on their cell phones or texting while driving. This means that you must be even more cautious and on the lookout for motorists who may drift out of their lane, swerve, or make sudden changes.


Show Extra Caution in Intersections  

At least 50% of all motorcycle accidents occur in intersections. An oncoming motorist may not be able to judge your speed and can unexpectantly turn directly in front of you. Or they may not be aware of your presence and change lanes right into you. Exercise extra caution when going through an intersection and be prepared to react quickly to these and any other events.

  There are many factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident, many of which may not be your fault. As long as you practice safe driving, follow these tips and have the proper protection from in the event that you are in an accident, then you can take to the road with the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve done all you can to keep everyone safe while enjoying the thrills of motorcycle riding.


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