3 Steps You Can Take to Stay Safe While Riding a Motorcycle in California
As the weather heats up, one of the activities many people in California are looking forward to is enjoying their time riding their motorcycles. They are indeed a lot of fun – especially in summer months – but it is also true that motorcycle accidents are rarely minor. Learn three steps that can help you stay safe this summer. If are involved in an accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation.
- Make Sure Your Fluids Are Topped Off
- Check the Air Pressure, Filters, and More
- Make Sure Your Battery is Charged and Your Brakes Are Ready to Go
It is essential that your have an appropriate level of oil any time you drive your motorcycle. Mechanics recommend that oil is changed at last once each year but more often if you ride regularly or often take long trips. If you ride in the desert or off road then you will also need your oil changed more frequently.
Likewise, make sure that your drive chain has enough lubrication. It works by transferring power from your engine to the wheels. If it is not properly lubricated, it can be very dangerous to drive your motorcycle.
Many people are shocked to learn just how dangerous it can be to operate a motorcycle if the tires are not properly inflated. Look at the manufacturer’s standards to find out what the tires should be set at. Take a look at your tires as well to make sure they are wearing evenly and do not show serious signs of wear and tear.
The air filters on your motorcycle should also be checked and cleaned regularly. If you have an air compressor, this is easy to do. Skipping it can clog your air filter, which makes the engine of your motorcycle work harder, work hotter, and decreases its efficiency. A cleaner air filter means a smoother ride. Finally, make sure that your fuel filter is checked and not clogged or dirty.
Charge your battery whenever possible. You can use a trickle charger to ensure it is always charging and ready to go. Checking your brakes before a trip – even if the trip is just around the block – is as simply as tapping each of them to ensure that your bike stops instantly on command. Your brake fluid should also be checked, cleaned, and replaced at least every few years, along with your brake pads. Do not let them wear down to the metal.
Get Help if You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
Statistics show that most accidents between a car and motorcycle are caused by the person driving the car – not the motorcycle. While you cannot prevent accidents entirely, the above steps can help you reduce your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident. If you are in an accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for your free legal consultation.