Safety Tips

It is crucial that motorcycle riders practice motorcycle safety. While manufacturers and equipment play a large role, a rider practicing proper motorcycle safety can be the determining factor in preventing an accident. Before taking a bike on the road, riders should conduct a safety check on their bikes and their gear. While on the road, riders should always practice motorcycle safety.

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders

A number of motorcycle safety tips can be used to create a safer driving experience for riders. When motorcyclists follow these simple guidelines, they can significantly reduce their chances of being involved in motorcycle accidents. By being proactive with safety, motorcyclists can do their part to help keep themselves and other drivers free from harm.

Motorcycle Safety Course

Motorcycle safety courses are available to instruct riders on best practices for staying safe on the road. Motorcycle safety courses provide information on motorcycle laws that are specific to each state. Through these courses, riders can learn how to avoid potentially dangerous situation. These courses also provide insight and instructions on how to handle and respond to emergencies that may occur while riding a motorcycle.

Avoid Drugs & Alcohol

Motorcycle riders should never be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Drugs and alcohol are known to impair judgment. As a result, the rider may fail to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. In the event of a dangerous situation, the rider may fail to quickly and properly respond in a manner that might avoid an accident. Drugs and alcohol may also cause recklessness and disregard for other vehicles or proper safety techniques.

Wear Safety Gear

Wearing a helmet is one of the simplest ways to avoid injury during an accident. Several states require that motorcycle riders wear a helmet. However, 29 states do not have helmet use laws. In addition to a helmet, clothing plays a large role in rider protection in the event of an accident. The thickness of leather jackets can protect the rider’s skin from contact with debris, the road, or other surfaces. Boots or sneakers that cover the ankles are also recommended.

Motorcycle Maintenance

Proper motorcycle maintenance is crucial. Riders should make sure that any broken or faulty parts should be fixed or replaced immediately. Regular motorcycle maintenance includes oil changes, adjusted controls, adjusted suspension and chains, tire quality and pressure, and functioning turn signals. Issues such as loose bolts and leaks should also be taken care of.

Motorcycle Safety on the Road

To ensure motorcycle safety while driving, riders should:

  • Drive within the speed limit
  • Keep a minimum two-to-four-second following distance
  • Drive defensively and always stay alert
  • Avoid tailgating other vehicles
  • Reduce speed when line of sight or path becomes restricted
  • Check the rearview mirror before slowing down
  • Use turning and hazard signals
  • Be respectful to other vehicles by avoiding weaving through traffic or driving on the shoulder
  • Ensure visibility by using headlights and avoiding riding in blind spots


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