QUICK TIPS: 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.