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QUICK TIPS: Motorcycle Safety

Bay Area Riders - Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle safety is incredibly important, so here are some quick tips on how to stay safe on your bike out on the road

Stay visible:

  • Keep in mind that other drivers usually have difficulty seeing bikes or reacting in time to prevent an accident.
  • Always keep your headlights on and make sure that they are not burnt out.
  • Make sure you have reflective strips on your clothes and your bike.
  • Think about other driver’s blind spots and try to stay out of them.
  • Flash your brake lights when you are decelerating and before you make a complete stop.
  • If another driver does not see you, use your horn.

Dress appropriately:

  • Wear a good quality helmet and protective eye gear if necessary.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing and a white or other light-colored helmet.
  • Wear leather or other protective materials.
  • Always wear long sleeves and long pants, and gloves.
  • Keep in mind that the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear and clothing.

Think smart:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and changes in road conditions.
  • Keep space between you and other cars, giving yourself time to get out of any potentially sticky situations.
  • Take advantage of lane positioning, it can help you get out of blind spots of other drivers.
  • Be careful and aware of turning cars.
  • Signal your turns or lane changes in advance.
  • Don’t weave in between lanes.
  • If you pretend you are invisible, you will be riding more defensively and therefore more safely.
  • NEVER ride if you are exhausted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only will you hurt yourself but you can hurt or possibly kill others as well.
  • Follow the rules of the road, and don’t speed.

Know your bike and how to use it:

  • Get formal training and take refresher courses. Click here for Bay Riders Groups lessons.
  • Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.