There are many reasons to love riding a motorcycle. First of all, the nexus of machine and man is one of the most (legally) intoxicating ways to enjoy all of the scenic drives we have in Georgia. However, it’s important to keep reality in mind when you are enjoying the freedom your bike provides. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2017. The good news is that this represented a 3% decrease from 2016, but it would obviously be preferable if the number was closer to 0.

However, there are many things that you can do as a motorcyclist to decrease your risk of becoming a statistic. First, it is very important that you always operate your motorcycle while sober. Your chance of getting into a fatal or serious accident on your motorcycle goes up exponentially when you have had too much to drink before you get behind the handlebars.

Secondly, it is heavily advised for you to purchase and wear a DOT-approved helmet. The state of Georgia happens to have relatively strict helmet laws as it stands: if you are operating a motorcycle on Georgia roads, you are required to wear a helmet. There are some exceptions to the rule, but most of them are agricultural in nature and do not apply to normal motorcycle riders. Not only is a helmet required by Georgia law, but it will also help to protect you in the event of a crash.

Please enjoy yourself out on the open roads with your beloved bike, but make sure to take precautions so that you come back from your joy ride safe.