Motorcycle Safety Tips Every Biker Should Know

How safe is a motorcycle? The answer often depends on the skill and experience of the person riding it. Here are some motorcycle safety tips to consider the next time you hit the road.

Wear the Right Gear

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen a dude with shorts and flip-flops riding with a similarly dressed passenger on the back. No matter how skilled you are on a bike, accidents happen, and we can’t control how other drivers behave. First and foremost, you should be wearing a DOT approved helmet. You already know that’s the right move, even if your state doesn’t have laws requiring it. In addition, make sure you have eye protection – glasses or goggles (if your helmet is open-faced). A leather jacket, boots that cover your ankles, and gloves are also helpful. Learn more about the best motorcycle protective gear to wear.

Inspect your Bike Before You Ride

a man inspecting his motorcycle before he ridesBefore each ride, conduct a meticulous inspection of your motorcycle. Assess your bike and do a 360 walk-around to ensure your tires are inflated with adequate tread, your frame is free from cracks or damage, your lights are in working order, your hoses are attached and free from cracks, and your battery is in good shape. Regular maintenance is also important because it not only extends the life of your bike but also helps prevent mechanical failures that could lead to accidents. Even if you’re in a hurry to get going, take a couple of minutes to inspect your bike. It could save your life.

 

Make Sure You’re Visible

One of the biggest problems for drivers of passenger vehicles is that they don’t see motorcycles. Not only are they not accustomed to looking out for motorcycles, but drivers can have a harder time seeing them due to their smaller size. You can enhance your chances of always being seen by staying out of a driver’s blind spot. You should also keep your headlight on, even during the day. Wearing bright clothing with reflective badges can help, as can always using signals when you turn. Stay on the side of caution and use both hand and turn signals.

Practice Defensive Riding

Adopt a defensive riding mindset whenever you’re on the road. This means being alert, anticipating potential hazards, and assuming other drivers may not see you. Maintain a safe following distance, scan the road ahead for obstacles, and be prepared to react quickly in emergencies. Remember, you can’t control the actions of others, but you can control your own.

Master Your Riding Skills

Invest time in honing your riding skills. Take a motorcycle safety course to learn the correct cornering, braking, and swerving techniques. Practice these skills in a controlled environment, such as an empty parking lot, before venturing onto the road. Once you’ve mastered the basics, an advanced class can better equip you to drive defensively. From maneuvering and braking techniques to collision avoidance techniques, the skills you learn here can upgrade and enhance your experience.

Adapt to Weather Conditions

motorcycle riding in the rainIs it safe to ride a motorcycle in the rain? The answer is that it depends. Weather can significantly impact your riding experience. Be prepared for changing conditions by checking the forecast before each ride. In wet weather, reduce your speed, increase your following distance, and be gentle with the brakes and throttle. If conditions are too severe, don’t hesitate to postpone your ride until the weather improves.

Never Ride Under the Influence

Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal but also incredibly dangerous. In fact, more than a quarter of all motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions in 2021 were intoxicated at the time, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Impaired riding significantly increases your risk of an accident and puts yourself and others in harm’s way. If you plan on drinking, arrange for a safe ride home or stay where you are until you’re sober.

Know Your Limits

Be honest about your riding abilities, and never push beyond your limits. Don’t attempt maneuvers or speeds you’re uncomfortable with, and always ride within your skill level. Taking breaks when needed and progressing at your own pace is okay.

Applying What You’ve Learned

Now that you know how to stay safe on a motorcycle, it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice. Follow these motorcycle awareness safety tips the next time you hit the road, and do your part in reducing preventable accidents.

Safety Should Be Your Top Priority

No matter how much fun riding a motorcycle is, you can’t do it if you’re seriously injured (or worse). Following these safety tips can better prepare you for anything the road throws at you. At Law Tigers, we are a team of dedicated motorcycle riders here to support you. Contact us or visit our website to learn more. Give us a call at 1-888-863-7216 if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We’re here for you 24/7/365.