May is motorcycle safety month.
In the past, we’ve published articles on how other motorists can share the road safely with motorcycles. In this article, we focus on the motorcycle rider and how he/she can keep themselves safe on the road.
Thinking of buying a motorcycle and hitting the open road? Before you do anything, get formal training. And, remember to keep your skills honed by taking refresher courses throughout the time you own a bike and ride regularly.
Start slow and practice your riding techniques before driving in heavy traffic. You should know how to handle your bike in all types of conditions – slick roads, sand or gravel, high winds or uneven surfaces.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers these general guidelines for riding a motorcycle safely:
Dress for safety:
Apply effective mental strategies:
Know your bike and how to use it:
Remember the number one rule – Give Yourself Space.
People driving cars often just don’t see motorcycles. Even when drivers do see you, chances are they’ve never been on a motorcycle and can’t properly judge your speed.
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