The first week of August every year, one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world is held. Since 1938, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world have gathered in Sturgis, South Dakota for the Sturgis Bike Rally. This year, Sturgis officials are concerned with the growing number of bike accidents. Since the beginning of the week, bike accidents have already doubled what they were last year. We figured this was a good time to post some motorcycle safety tips to keep you safe on the road.
Always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet will protect you from serious injury should you fall off your bike during a ride. Remember that hitting the ground while riding at high speeds can lead to life changing injuries like brain damage.
Remember to look out for debris/puddles. By being conscious of these natural hindering on the road, you are practicing regular driving protocol. However, since you are riding a motorcycle there is less traction between your tires and the road, unlike a car that has higher traction levels.
Wear proper footwear. The appropriate footwear while riding your motorcycle is an essential part to your safety. Should you need to grasp the road while, on your bike, you wouldn’t want a sandal or flip flop on since it would fall right off. Also, your footwear is meant to protect your ankles. For example, you could accidentally tip your heavy motorcycle to one side, and your ankle can get caught underneath. A foot injury would be more painful without the proper boots.
Slow into your turns. As you are riding, it is safe to slow down and lean into your turn. Quickly braking in order to make a turn can disrupt the weight distribution of your bike as well as causing traction issues.
Be aware that people may not check their mirrors. Since every commuter is usually thinking about distractions and things unrelated to driving, it is important for you to be extra cautious. Most drivers are not thinking about motorcyclists, so it is your job to avoid blind spots, practice good spacing, and stay on your guard.
With these tips, you will be on your way to enjoying the road safely, whether you are riding in Sturgis or in Providence. For any information regarding motorcycle insurance, please contact one of our insurance agents today at 401-723-8510!
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