More and more people are buying motorcycles to help save money on gas gettigna round town. We all want to come home safe at the end of our rides. If you are new to riding you need to take it slow and get to know your bike, mind the rules of the road, and take the time to follow basic safety tips that can help to protect you so you can make it home to your family safe and sound at the end of the day.
Take a riders course
Even if your state doesn’t require a course to get your cycle endorsement it is a smart idea to take the time to take a motorcycle riding course to help get you custom to your motorcycle and learn the basics of the road to help keep you safe.
Riders courses help to make you a better safer rider while helping you become comfortable with your motorcycle’s components and operation. Many dealerships offer courses for riders.
Inspect your bike on every ride
It only takes a moment to check your bike for any issues. to ensure that your lights work, you have plenty of gas, and that nothing is loose that should not be. You should keep a simple motorcycle tool kit on hand in your saddlebags so you can make quick repairs even out on the road.
Wear safety gear
While you will see plenty of bikers out on the road without safety gear these are usually those that have plenty of experience and understand the risks of the choice to not wear riding gear. When you are new to riding protective gear is even more important than ever.
Consider basic protective gear like:
- Eye protection
There are some more advanced options available including creative gear like airbag pants and gear that is based on house back riding gear like chaps.
Do not ride faster than you feel comfortable
Do not ride faster than you feel comfortable is one of the best bits of advice you can get on the road. there will always be someone that feels safe riding faster than you. If you push yourself too hard too fast you are more likely to get into an accident. When riding in a group if you can not keep up simply allow yourself to fall back and meet up with your group at the next stop. Safety is more important than keeping up with those that can go faster than you. At the end of the day, everyone simply wants to make it home safe and sound and that should be your top priority.
Check the weather before your ride
New riders should avoid riding in conditions that are hazardous like riding through heavy rain or thunderstorm. when you are first getting used to riding you should consider staying off the roads even in light rain because drivers tend to do stupid things when the roads are wet and you are still learning how to respond to the actions of cars on the road.
If you do drive in the rain be sure to leave extra space between you and other drivers, avoid riding on the lines as they tend to be slick when wet and remember to stay out of puddles as much as possible to avoid losing control and hydroplaning.
Make yourself visible
Most motorcycle accidents happen because drivers do not see the motorcycle. While you can do nothing about distracted drivers that do not see you because they are on their phones, doing their make up, or paying more attention to the food they are eating than the road there are things you can do to help make you more visible to drivers including Avoid other drivers’ blind spots; Drive with your headlights on even during the day; Wear reflective or bright clothing, and; always use your turn signals and hand signals while riding.
Watch for road hazard
When riding hazards that would not be an issue in a car can be life-threatening on a bike. Something as simple as grass that someone blew into the road can become a major hazard for a bike. Keep an eye out for things like grass clippings, sand, oil, and gravel that can all cause sliding on the road.