Motorcycle Safety Habits To Practice Starting Now

Getting a new motorcycle may be the highlight of your month or even year. Hitting the open road on those two wheels may feel like the ultimate rush.

Motorcycle riders need to remain vigilant while out on the roadway. According to the National Safety Council, motorcycle fatalities made up 14% of all traffic-related deaths in 2017 alone, and the number doesn't seem to be declining from previous years. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a new rider, it helps to consider the following safety measures you can take right now to protect yourself from becoming part of the statistic.

Helmets Are Worth the Hassle

There may not be a helmet law in Florida, but that shouldn't stop you from putting one on. Many severe injuries and deaths are the result of a rider's head impacting the ground or another vehicle. Those wearing a helmet had some measure of protection and may have only suffered a concussion. In speaking to an accident attorney tampa about what to do after a collision, they may ask if you were wearing a helmet. Make sure you invest in a quality full-coverage helmet and never buy a used item. It may have been compromised if it was worn during a previous accident.

Exercise Caution

Motorcycles are smaller than every other vehicle on the road. Even when a rider is in the proper lane, the cars around them may not be able to get a clear view. Most accidents occur at intersections, and as such, the cyclist should exercise caution. Always maintain your lane, do not split them, and never try and race around a stopped car at an intersection. You may find yourself diving off the bike.

Riding With a Passenger May Spell Trouble

Bike drivers may feel confident enough to invite someone to ride behind them on the bike. However, if you are not used to doing this or have never done it, understand that it is a dangerous practice, especially at first. A passenger changes the weight of the bike and your ability to maneuver it may be drastically decreased. Performing evasive maneuvers in the event you have to avoid something may prove difficult with someone on the back. You may wind up sliding the bike, resulting in serious injuries to you and your passenger.

Roadway safety is every driver's responsibility, including those who operate motorcycles. Be cautious and safe when operating a bike to help ensure you can continue doing so accident-free for many years to come.

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