Hitting the road on two wheels can be the most freeing, relaxing part of your day, but it’s important to make sure you’re geared up and safe before riding, not to mention insured!
Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident than those in passenger vehicles. So it makes sense to only get on a bike with the proper gear and always practice precautions when riding on the road.
One of the most important safety precautions is your motorcycle helmet. In the event of an accident, it helps to protect your brain, your face, and even your life, and finding a motorcycle helmet that fits is nearly as hard as selecting your motorcycle! In 2009, helmet wear on motorcycles rose from 48 percent in 2005 to 67 percent. More gear to include on your ride is:
- Hearing protection
- Rain gear
- High visibility gear
Motorcycle riding is fun, but knowing how to operate the bike comes first. While motorcyclists need to be hyper-aware of their bikes and the road, car drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe too with these tips. Take a motorcycle safety class or driving instructions to learn how to operate the following on your motorcycle:
- The controls
- Checking the bike before the ride
- Riding in winter
- Riding in spring