Whether you’re driving a car or a motorcycle, the rules of the road are the same but driving a motorcycle requires different skills than a car and a few extra steps to make sure you stay safe on the road. Follow our five motorcycle safety tips below and make sure your next ride goes smoothly.
Wear a helmet with a face shield or eyewear at all times.
Did you know that if there’s an accident, a motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a head injury? Making sure you have a properly fitting helmet to protect against a head injury is one of the most important safety tips for anyone on a motorcycle.
Make sure you have the appropriate gear to minimize injuries.
Like a helmet, making sure you wear the appropriate gear is important too. Leather clothing, nonskid shoes or boots, and gloves can all help protect you from being injured in the event of an accident. If you know you’ll be driving after sunset, you may also want to consider wearing something reflective or attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make sure other drivers can see you at night.
Watch out for other drivers and do not assume that they see you.
Did you know that over half of all accidents involving a motorcycle are caused by a vehicle driver violating the motorcycle driver’s right of way? It’s important to do what you can to ensure that other drivers know you’re on the road with them. Ride with your headlights on, avoid blind spots, signal in advance before you change lanes or turn, keep your eyes on the road and look out for turning vehicles.
Don’t ride drowsy and always ride sober.
Making sure you stay safe on the road requires your full attention. Driving while drowsy can impair your ability to react while on the road so get a good night’s sleep and make sure you’re well rested before taking off. It’s also important to make sure you don’t drink and ride. Just like it isn’t safe to operate a vehicle after drinking, you shouldn’t ride a motorcycle either. The safety of you and those around you depends on it.
Make sure you have the proper insurance for your ride.
We want you to have a safe ride, but we understand accidents happen and that’s where we come in. Make sure you have the right insurance for your needs, before you hit the road. Our team will review your entire situation and help you find a policy that offers the coverage you need at a price that works for you. Contact your local Acceptance agent today and let us go to work protecting you!