As the snow begins to melt and leaves start budding on the trees, we can finally pull the motorcycle out of hibernation and enjoy feeling the warm spring air back on our faces. While this is an exciting time for motorcycle enthusiasts, many allow the excitement to get ahead of the need to stay safe. Every year, approximately 35,000 motorcyclists lose their lives, and that is 10,000 more on average than those who perish in accidents involving passenger vehicles. As you prepare to get back on the road, consider these spring road motorcycle safety tips to protect you and everyone else.
A nice April shower leaves the air smelling renewed and crisp. However, special precautions should be made if venturing out on your motorcycle following a storm. For starters, your tires should be in good condition as slick tires can quickly lead to an accident. Furthermore, the painted stripes on the road, when wet, can become like ice when you come into contact. Also keep in mind that, if your area has had a streak with no rain, this means there are more dirt and oil on the ground. Once it rains, these conditions make driving more hazardous, so drive slow and use extra precautions. And remember, braking distances should be increased. Allow additional room between you and other drivers.
Over the winter months, your bike has likely taken a break in the garage. Before you go out for your first ride, you should certainly take the time to inspect the bike to make sure it is still in good driving condition. Among the key things you should check include:
- Tire pressure
- Tire weathering
- Cracks or damage to the wheels
- Headlights and signals
While you have the right to respect on the road, all too many motorists do not consider that motorcycles are on the road. In many cases, motorcyclists are injured or killed by passenger vehicles because the other driver did not see them. To help prevent that possibility, make sure you wear brightly colored clothing. When driving at night, it is never a bad idea to include reflective wear.
Let’s face it. No matter how careful you are, you can still get into an accident. When that happens, Carter Mario is here for you. Our staff has the experience you can count on, and we are here to help you handle your personal injury and automobile accident coverage and counsel.
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