Start your spring motorcycle rides out safely

Practicing proper riding safety is imperative if you are on a motorcycle. As the spring months march forward, all motorcyclists should ensure that they are doing what they can to remain safe.

One thing that you need to do before you head out on the first ride of the spring is to get your bike in good shape. Make sure that you check the tire pressure, lights and brakes to ensure they are all working as they should. The last thing that you need is to discover something is amiss while you are on the road with your motorcycle.

Another thing that you can do is make sure you are easy to spot. This means wearing bright and reflective clothing that helps other drivers to see you. Failing to see a motorcycle is one of the primary reasons why drivers end up slamming into them. Be especially careful at intersections, which is where the majority of accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles will occur.

You also need to ensure that you are wearing appropriate safety gear. At a minimum, this means sturdy shoes and a helmet. On top of this, consider a riding jacket and pants. Even if you are a bit warm, the protection these offer is well worth it.

Unfortunately, there are times when even driving in the safest manner isn't going to prevent an accident since you can't control the actions of other drivers. If you are injured in an accident with another motorist, make sure that you get the medical care you need. You might also opt to seek compensation for the damages you have to deal with.

Source: Motor Eagles, "7 Spring Motorcycle Safety Tips," accessed March 30, 2018

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