Follow These Three Tips to Stay Safer When Riding Your Motorcycle This Summer
As a fan of motorcycles, you have a lot to look forward to this summer. With the open air around you, and the speed below you, it will likely be a great summer to enjoy everything there is to enjoy about motorcycles. That said, summer is the time to take extra precautions to ensure you are as safe from motorcycle accidents as possible.
Keep reading for the three best tips from Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas on how to stay safe when riding. Then contact us at 909-982-0707 if you are injured in an accident in which another party was negligent or reckless.
- Make Sure You Have the Gear You Need
- Drive Defensively
- Make Sure Your Motorcycle is in Good Running Condition
One of the most important steps to take is to ensure that you have the gear you need. For example, a helmet is essential. You also need protective eyewear to keep your eyes safe. While it may be tempting to put on shorts and a t-shirt in summer months, make sure that you are wearing long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin if you are in an accident.
The fact of the matter is that your motorcycle is much smaller than the vast majority of other vehicles on the road. As a result, other vehicles are all too likely to overlook the fact that you are there at all. For this reason, it is up to you to ensure that you are defensive when you are driving. Look for hazards, make yourself known when possible, drive with your headlights on, always use turn signals, and anticipate other vehicles that may move into your lane.
You should always make sure your motorcycle is in top condition, but this is even more important if your bike has been in storage all winter. Look at your tires to ensure that there are no noticeable bulges or cracks and that the tread is still good. One easy way to check is to put a penny between the tread. If you can see any part of Lincoln’s head sticking out, then your tread is no longer good enough and you should consider new tires.
Look under the motorcycle to see if there has been any leaked fluid. Check your headlights and taillights to ensure they are working correctly. Likewise, check your break lights and turn signals for the same reason. If needed, clean and adjust your side mirrors. Test your brakes to make sure they securely hold your bike. Finally, check your horn.
While the above tips are important to help improve your safety on the road, there is nothing you can do to prevent all motorcycle accidents. If you do find yourself injured in this type of accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.