With the summer motorcycle riding season just around the corner, there’s no better way to prepare than to be reminded of the importance of motorcycle safety.
Between the years of 2008-2017, there have been more than 4,400 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents per year. In the same time period, there have been more than 80,000 motorcyclists injured per year due to motor vehicle accidents.
Here at Zylstra Harley-Davidson, we want to make sure you are adequately prepared to safely ride your motorcycle during the summer months so we have put together a list of the best motorcycle safety tips. These tips will refresh your memory on how to protect yourself, your motorcycle and others around you as you ride your motorcycle this summer.
Take A Safety Course
Completing a motorcycle safety course is the first step in operating a motorcycle properly. These courses will teach you the basics of motorcycle safety and operation while affording you the opportunity to also take an advanced skills course to further your riding skills. Locating these courses can happen online through various Department of Public Safety websites throughout the USA.
Wear Proper Equipment
Another aspect of motorcycle safety to not forget is wearing protective equipment. Motorcycles are a unique and enjoyable vehicle to drive as they only have two or three wheels and are open air, versus enclosed vehicles. Because of this unique aspect of motorcycles, additional protective equipment is needed to properly protect yourself. Important safety equipment includes:
Each of these pieces of motorcycle protective gear is important to wear as they are specifically built to protect your body against various situations. Though wearing this gear may get hot, during the summer months, safety is a much better tradeoff than simply becoming hot and sweating.
Do Not Drive Impaired
Just as driving a car while under the influence is both unsafe and unlawful, operating a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or any other substance is discouraged and not allowed. Not only will you endanger yourself by driving a motorcycle while impaired, but you are also putting others at risk as well.
Note Weather Conditions
Driving a motorcycle is very different from driving a car or a truck for many reasons such as having an increased number of points of contact with the road. The 4 points of contact a car has, along with its better stability, is a safer option during inclement weather than riding your motorcycle. Whether it is raining or snowing, this weather can compromise the safety of your motorcycle ride. If you do choose to ride during inclement weather, make sure you wear highly visible apparel and drive at an appropriate speed.
Perform Regular Motorcycle Inspections
As the summer progresses and you log hours on your Harley-Davidson, it’s very important to stay aware of how your motorcycle is operating. Performing regular motorcycle inspections and maintenance during the summer riding season is a vital part of keeping your motorcycle running smoothly and preventing breakdowns.
As you ride your Harley-Davidson motorcycle during the warm summer months, remember these important safety precautions. All it takes is one small accident to cause a great deal of damage, so ride safe and enjoy your Harley-Davidson!
See you on the roads!