Three motorcyclists are killed every day as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections, and this is why rider safety and awareness is a growing concern. The government supports effort to provide motorcycle safety awareness, but such is a two-way street, so you need to cooperate.
Get Ready to Rumble
Give your bike the once-over before you hit the road after a long winter. Test the brakes, lights, and turn signals. Check the fuel and oil levels, along with the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed. Position the mirrors correctly, then oil the chain and adjust it accordingly.
Invest in Good MX Gear
There won’t be much padding between yourself and the pavement, so wear tough gear just in case it’s not your lucky day. Choose a quality helmet with the Department of Transportation label which shows that it meets federal safety standards. Make sure that it fits well, and pair it up with motocross goggles or glasses with safety lenses, together with non-slip biking gloves. Safety is also the perfect excuse to shell out for that smashing leather jacket, and while you’re there, get those pants that you’ve been eying ever since you bought your bike. Black is a good color for all men, but neon colors will work to your advantage, as it will help other people see you better. Finally, put some money in motocross boots or sneakers that cover your ankles.
Hit the Road
There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s bigger than your bike, but there’s also a lot that riders can do to help keep yourself safe while riding. Know your bike, along with its limits, lights, and signals. Don’t weave through traffic. Make sure that all motorists can see you, in your effort to keep on the road, as an act of respect for yourself and others. Brake smart by using both brakes at the same time.
Stay smart and safe by helping make the world a better place to ride. Commit to protecting your motorcycle’s most important part: You.