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How To Create A Motorcycle Safety Plan For Yourself

Author
Laura Lifshitz
October 27, 2020

Whether you live to ride or ride to live, riding your “hog”—motorcycle—safely, is absolutely crucial. Being an alert and safe driver on your motorcycle is the only way to be. Especially when you consider some pretty sobering statistics, such as:

  •  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,337 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2017. For the year 2017, this number meant that bikers were 27 times more likely to die in motorcycle accidents than passengers in cars.
  •  And in 2017 again, 1,018 cyclists per 100,000 registered motorcycles were injured

1. Protect Your Eyes and Head

This goes without saying that no matter what your state laws are, wearing a full helmet or helmet and googles/safety glasses are an absolute must! The harsh reality is that a rider who doesn’t wear a helmet is about five times more likely to get a critical head injury. Don’t let that be you!

Instead, get yourself a DOT-compliant helmet. DOT-compliant helmets give you shock-absorption while also, making sure you have complete peripheral vision as you ride. These helmets have met safety standards for motorcyclists. You’ll see a sticker on the inside or outside of your helmet that says it’s DOT –compliant.

In 2019, 71% of bikers protected themselves with DOT approved helmets. Consider how much better it would be for bikers if it were 100%.

2. Wear The Right Gear

This isn’t the time to wear your favorite concert t-shirt or a tank top! When you are getting ready for a safe and pleasurable ride on your motorcycle, you need to gear up with the following items:

  •  Cover your body with thicker material. Leather works well. Make sure your arms and legs are completely covered.
  • Boot or shoe up to your ankles or higher. They don’t call them “motorcycle boots” just for fashion’s sake! Keep in mind you want boots with nonskid soles.
  •  Clothing or a jacket/coat that has reflective material is an excellent safe choice to make you more visible on the road. If you don’t have clothes with reflective material, you can use reflective tape instead to help.
  • Cover your eyes if you’re not wearing a full helmet
  • Try on some gloves. The grip will help you as you ride, as well as protect your hands.

3. Get Educated

Don’t just hop on a bike and consider your work done! Enrol in a formal riding education program and get your license, even if your state doesn’t require this in order to legally ride. Taking a course to develop your riding techniques is a smart move and will help you be ready for the road.  

  • At the end mention that if you have been in an accident you can contact us and we can help put you in touch with a lawyer

4. Ride Sober

Don’t ride your motorcycle under the influence of anything—from drugs to painkillers and alcohol. And while marijuana may be legal in some states, you want to avoid using it before your ride as it could alter your judgment on the road.

5. Conduct a Safety Check

Before you ride off into the distance, check your bike (and the world around you) for any potential issues:

  • Check your tire pressure
  • Look for any oil or gas leaks
  •  See that your coolant and hydraulic fluids are at the right levels
  •  Double check any carry-on items are stored right on the bike
  •  Review that your brake, headlights and signal indicators are in working form
  • Monitor the weather for where you currently are and where you’re going in case of unsafe biking conditions
  • Clean and adjust all your mirrors for the best view
  • Make sure you’re wearing the right gear and protective helmet/goggles
  • Test to be sure your clutch and throttle are working smoothly
  • Test your horn as well

6. Get Help If Needed

No matter how safe you are before and during each ride, accidents can happen! This is exactly why it is key to make sure you have the right legal help just in case. An experienced lawyer who understands the ins and outs of motorcycle accidents will advocate for you and help you manage insurance claims, as well as secure you the compensation you may need in case of short or long-term costs after an accident.

Because the fact is you may be involved in a motorcycle accident and you will want representation to help guide you through this difficult ordeal. A seasoned accident attorney can help make this all the better.

At the end of the day, riding safely is more than important—it can be life-saving. So, before you burn rubber, make sure you’ve got your six-point motorcycle safety plan working and in action. Happy riding!

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