When not used properly, motorcycles can be incredibly dangerous. This is why it’s gravely important to keep in mind a few key safety tips! Here are our safety tips for your summer motorcycle road trip.
Wear the Right Gear
Jeans, a T-shirt, and sandals are recipes for a painful disaster on a bike. Instead, you want gear that will protect you from wind chill, flying bugs and debris, and, yes, lots of road rash if you should slide out. For maximum protection, go for a leather or other reinforced jacket, gloves, full pants, and over-the-ankle footwear, even in summer. Specially designed jackets with rugged padding and breathable mesh material provide protection as well as ventilation for riding in warm weather. You’ll also want effective eye protection; don’t rely on eyeglasses or a bike’s windscreen. Use a helmet visor or goggles. And keep in mind that car drivers who have hit a motorcycle rider often say they just didn’t see them, so choose gear in bright colors.
Use Your Head
Yes, helmets are an emotional topic for some riders. But the facts show the risk. Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies.
Don’t Buy More Bike Than You Can Handle
If you’ve been off of motorcycles for awhile, you may be surprised by the performance of today’s bikes. Even models with small-displacement engines are notably faster and more powerful than they were 10 or 20 years ago.
When you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s time to seek the advice of a specialized motorcycle accident attorney. Don’t hesitate to contact Joe Lucé at your convenience! When you need an experienced attorney, our team is here for you. Contact us online or call us at (972) 632-1300. We look forward to speaking with you soon!