The sun is shining, and the open road is calling to you. You put on your helmet and head out on your motorcycle, making sure to use caution as you travel. Staying safe while riding your motorcycle takes concentration and awareness of the other vehicles around you.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be fatally injured in accidents than drivers.
Protecting yourself while riding your motorcycle
The good news is that there are things you can do to protect yourself when riding your motorcycle. Before you head out:
- Make sure to obtain your license before heading out on the road.
- Before you ride, check out your bike. Top off the air in the tires and the oil in the engine. Make sure your headlights and brakes are working.
- Know the laws and follow them. Signal when you’re turning, don’t try to beat a yellow light and ride with the flow of traffic.
- Be aware of the cars around you. Leave enough room between you and them to maneuver safely. Be mindful of other drivers’ blind spots.
- Always wear your helmet! If you are in an accident, your helmet may be the thing that saves you from a life-altering traumatic brain injury.
When you have a passenger, give them a helmet to wear, and instruct them to hang on tightly to your waist. Remind them not to let their feet dangle
Should you be involved in an accident, accept help from the paramedics. Allow them to transport you to the hospital so that a doctor can check your injuries. Then, seek assistance to recover the cost of your medical bills and damages.