People ride motorcycles for different reasons. Some people love the feeling of being one with the road, thrill seekers have a need for speed, and still others experience a serene sense of calm while traversing beautiful roads this way. Whatever the reason you ride, it is in your best interest to ride as safely as possible to avoid getting into a vehicle accident and the potential injuries that may follow. Here are some suggestions so you can continue to take that motorcycle wherever you wish to go.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motorcycle deaths are disproportionally high in terms of total traffic fatalities each year, accounting for 3% of registered vehicles but 14% of those killed on the road. While the numbers have begun to decrease slightly, in 2018 there were 4,985 deaths among those riding this form of transportation. With figures like these, you should do everything in your power to prevent from becoming a statistic.
First, invest in a good helmet and wear it at all times. An easy way to ensure adequate protection is to pick one that meets the standards of the DOT (Department of Transportation) as well as the not-for-profit ANSI and Snell organizations. Then, round out the rest of your ensemble to continue this security. Cover your limbs while riding with clothing made from leather or other durable material such as heavy denim to prevent dehydration as well as protect your skin should you fall. Wear sturdy boots that go at least past your ankles. And if you are riding at nighttime, add reflectors to your outfit.
Perform a safety check of your bike just before you ride each time, paying special attention to whether there are any fluids leaking and making sure all lights and turn signals are operational. Always drive defensively, and take a riding class from time to time so you can stay up on your game. Finally, just like if you were driving a car, refrain from engaging in alcohol or drugs before hitting the road.