Tips To Stay Safe On The Road While Riding Your Motorcycle This Summer

Riding a motorcycle can be a unique and thrilling experience; however, it is not without its risks. Due to the small and open nature of motorcycles, motorcycle riders are at a much greater risk in the event of an accident. As with most things, practice makes perfect, and experienced riders develop a number of habits and tips to best stay safe on the road.

Engine and Bike Size

Modern motorcycles have quite capable engines, almost deceivingly so. Even motorcycle models that contain small-displacement engines are significantly faster today than a few decades ago. Thus, it is important not to buy a bike with too much power for you and your intended usage.

Furthermore, the bike needs to properly fit you. A huge bike with a powerful engine may sound appealing, but if it is too large for you to safely mount, this can become a threat to your safety. Pick a bike on which you can easily rest both feet flat on the ground and grasp the handlebars without stretching. Additionally, if it is your first bike you might want to consider a smaller model with a 250- to 300-cc engine. A smaller engine is lighter and still packs a punch, but is easier to maneuver with. However, if you are a more experienced rider looking to make longer highway commutes, you may want to consider an engine in the 500- to 750-cc range.

Antilock Brakes

Antilock brakes are now available on many models, and they are becoming increasingly common and necessary. Data from theĀ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that motorcycles equipped with antilock brake systems were 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it. This astronomical figure shows the great importance of purchasing a bike with antilock brakes.

Antilock brakes work by making sure the brakes do not lock up in the event of a short “panic” stop. This allows the driver to remain in control of steering, reducing the risk of a skid and crash and other potentially fatal accidents. Now that this feature is so commonly available, any motorcycle rider, regardless of experience, should purchase the antilock braking system if available for their bike. Even if it is not included on the model you purchase, it is likely available for just a few hundred dollars — a cheap price for your safety.

Head Gear

One area of motorcycle safety that is absolutely crucial is heard gear. Although some riders may not like the aesthetic or comfort of wearing a helmet, this is one area that cannot be neglected. Riders without a helmet are put at a 40 percent greater risk to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash. Further, they are 3 times more likely to suffer brain injuries, according to government data. Somehow, various states have managed to repeal helmet laws — a terrible idea for riders. Texas and Arkansas, who both repealed these laws, saw a 31 and 21 percent increase respectively in motorcycle fatalities. The best choice for a helmet is one that covers the entire face, known as a full face helmet. Make sure that the helmet has a DOT certification sticker on it. This simply means it has been approved by the Department of Transportation. It is a wise idea to replace the helmet every five years or sooner as well.

Contact A Personal Injury Attorney If Needed

Following these tips should help to greatly increase your safety as a motorcycle driver on the road. However, accidents do still happen, and serious injuries can unfortunately occur. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the best possible course of action.