Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding Season

In our efforts to reduce motorcycle fatalities and accidents, here are safety tips to remember when getting ready for the motorcycle riding season.

  • Make sure your motorcycle is road-ready by checking your tire pressure and by checking for loose chains. Make sure that the clutch, brake and other controls are properly set.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear when riding. Safety helmets that comply with safety standards save lives by preventing or reducing the extent of head injuries in the event of a crash. Good vision is imperative when riding so always remember to wear eye protection.
  • Never mix motorcycles with alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs affect balance and coordination – both which are needed to ride a motorcycle. Studies have shown that 40%-50% of riders killed motorcycle crashes had been drinking.
  • Consider taking a rider course to improve your skills and to learn more about interacting safely in different traffic situations.

Those driving in vehicles must remember that motorcyclists have the same rights as any other drivers. Motorists should maintain a safety zone of at least three seconds between the motorcycle and your vehicle and should only pass a motorcycle when it can be safely done. Road hazards such as potholes can cause a motorcyclist to change direction or speed suddenly so other drivers on the road need to be mindful of road conditions.