Now that summer is here, motorcyclists like yourself are eager to get back out on the road. While riding a motorcycle is a fun and freeing experience, it can also be quite dangerous. And these dangers are unfortunately still an issue for even the most skilled and careful motorcyclists on the road.
Consider the statistics: in 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents. The truly sad part is that many of these accidents could have been prevented had motorists operating passenger vehicles exercised more care. While you cannot control the actions of other drivers, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe and secure when riding your motorcycle this summer.
Take a motorcycle education course
In Georgia, new riders under the age of 17 are required to undergo a driver training course before they can receive a license. However, it is a good idea for all new motorcyclists to undergo these courses before hitting the road, regardless of age. Here you will learn essential info about operating the motorcycle, as well as essential safety laws and regulations. Even if you feel capable, the added training can benefit you.
Wear the right protective gear
Georgia law mandates all motorcyclists wear helmets when riding. However, the protective gear does not stop there. When it comes to footwear, choose boots that are sturdy and durable, ones that offer ample protection to your toes and ankles. You should also wear long sleeves and pants to prevent damage in the event of an accident. Open-toed shoes and flimsy clothing do not offer much protection and can result in serious injuries if you are struck by another vehicle.
Check your motorcycle before riding
Check your tires, brake system (both hand and foot breaks), headlights, blinkers, and fluid levels before setting out. When transporting items, make sure they are securely attached to the motorcycle with the weight distributed evenly. If you are bringing a passenger along, provide instruction on the proper practices to prevent you or your passenger from getting hurt. These checks should be performed before every ride.