Every motorcyclist’s top priority should be safety. Does your motorcycle meet all of the basic safety checks and requirements for a safe spring ride? If you are involved in an accident contact Everett personal injury attorney. Before you take that first ride, make sure that your motorcycle is mechanically fit and safe. Make sure to check:
- Battery charge and battery terminals;
- Oil and other lubricants;
- Tire pressure, wear and tear;
- Cables and lubricate;
- Lights and signals to confirm operational and not cracked or broken;
- Check brake fluid level, and brake pads/shoes for wear;
- Drive belt, chain, or shaft.
Quick Tips For Riding Your Motorcycle Safely
It is important to always follow the rules of the road and most importantly the speed limit. Most drivers don’t see a motorcyclist and therefore it is important to be aware of the many challenges motorcyclist face each day on the road.
- Verify all lights work and keep them on day and night;
- Beware of blind spots cars and trucks have;
- Don’t be afraid to use your horn if you believe a motorist does not see you;
- Wear reflective strips or decals on your clothing and motorcycle;
- Make sure to flash your brakes when slowing down and before stopping to inform other motorists.
Dress for Safety
- Always remember to wear a light-colored, quality helmet and eye protection;
- Wear bright clothing to be seen;
- Wear leather or other thick protective clothing, with long sleeves and pants, boots and gloves.
Be Prepared for Mental Strategies
- Always be proactive and search the road ahead for changing conditions;
- Give yourself plenty of space and time to respond to other motorists’ direction;
- Make sure to give other motorists around you plenty of time and space to respond to you;
- Always ride in a part of the lane where you can be viewed by other motorists;
- Watch and be prepared for turning vehicles;
- Make signal changes in advance;
- Do not weave between lanes;
- Always ride defensively;
- Never ride your motorcycle when you are tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Know and follow the rules of road and make sure that you follow the speed limit;
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
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