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Ride safe with these motorcycle tips

Motorcycle Safety

 Motorcyclists know that riding gives them a freedom that driving a car just can’t match. But the best riders also know that motorcycles require more focus to operate and don’t provide the same protections cars do in the event of a crash. The best riders also take great care in all situations, whether they’re in heavy traffic on Hwy 275, stuck in the rain or just taking a quick ride on a perfect day.

 

If your habits aren’t as safe as they could be, or if you’re new to motorcycling, don’t worry! Instead, take time to improve. The quick safety tips below are a great place to start.

 

Want more? Check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation http://www.msf-usa.org or the American Motorcyclist Association www.americanmotorcyclist.com. And remember to give us at Scribner Insurance a call at 402-664-3454 when you need to get coverage for your bike (or your home or auto, boat or more)!

 

First things first

  • Wear proper safety gear and, most importantly, a helmet – no matter how short your trip may be.
  • Make sure you can be seen by other motorists. Make it easier for them by wearing reflective clothing, always using turn signals (and perhaps hand signals as well) and keeping your headlight on.
  • Even when taking the above precautions, stay alert and assume that other drivers don’t see you — especially at intersections and when making lane changes or passing.
  • Be patient. Don’t tailgate, and if someone is tailgating you, get out of their way.
  • Don’t ride after drinking or taking any medications that could impair your abilities.

 

Riding at night

  • Again, make sure you’re visible — particularly at dusk. Consider upgrading your headlight or adding other lights to your ride. Is your bike black? What about your clothing? Both will make you more difficult to see at night.
  • Your vision needs to be clear, so keep your visor or goggles clean and free from scratches. If you don’t use face or eye protection, consider it.
  • Carry a flashlight or other emergency gear with you so a mechanical problem doesn’t leave you stranded — and invisible — on the side of a dark road.

 

Bad weather?

  • Keep rain and cold-weather gear handy. Riding isn’t just more enjoyable when you’re warm and dry — it’s safer, too.
  • Use extreme caution when it first begins to rain, as the roads are most slick at that point. Pull over and wait if necessary. It’s better to be late than ride in unsafe conditions.

 

We wish that all of your rides could be on sunny days with wide-open roads, but we know that’s not going to happen. So think about safety every time you start up your bike!

 

 

 


5 Responses to “Ride safe with these motorcycle tips”

  1. Edison Maclane

    Thank you for the advice about wearing reflective clothing aside from wearing safety gears so that other drivers will be able to see me. I can agree with this because I had read that sometimes, motorcycle accidents are caused because other cars failed to see them. Since I would not want to hurt myself when I go to work using a motorcycle, I will be sure to invest in protective and reflective clothing. https://selectcycle.com/Showroom/New-Inventory

  2. Hector Uba

    It’s great that you elaborated on the different things you can do to make your ride safer. I agree that you really want to stay away from any sort of bad weather when you are riding because you never know what could happen in the middle of it. My brother is looking into getting a Harley Davidson motorcycle and he is trying to get into the mindset of safe riding; I will be sure to share this with him. http://www.outlawharley-davidson.com/

  3. Kate Welling

    You mentioned that we should be sure that we could be seen by other motorists on the road by using turn signals, keeping headlights on, or wearing bright clothing. It makes sense that you would want to do everything you could to be seen! My husband has been interested in riding motorcycles for a long time, and he wants to take a class on riding. I’ll let him know these tips when he finds lessons to take! https://www.promotorcycles.com.au/learn-to-ride/

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