Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcycles come with pleasing perks. They are small, compact, generally great with gas mileage, and offer a chance to enjoy fresh air and sunlight while traveling. However, being more exposed to the elements while driving means you are more vulnerable to the cars driving around streets with you. To make sure you are safe as possible while driving a motorcycle look into some of these tips.

Before Riding

Before you even get on a motorcycle, you should always check different aspects of the vehicle to make sure it is in good working condition. Check your breaks, lights, chains, and other crucial controls of the bike to ensure chances of malfunction during use is nearly impossible. Always dress properly for a motorcycle ride. Loose shirts, shorts, and opened toed shoes are all bad ideas. You will need clothes that can cut through and fight against the wind, bugs, and other outside hazards. Arizona does not have a mandatory helmet law, but it is always highly suggested you wear one. In case of an accident, it could save your life. Do not drive in dangerous weather. This includes rain and strong winds. Without any coverage like a car, weather conditions are even more extreme and risky for motorcyclists.

The Perfect Bike

When you first invest in a motorcycle, you should find one that fits you perfectly. Quite literally, do not buy a bike so big you won’t be able to handle and maneuver it. When seated you should be able to rest your feet flat on the ground. Handles and controls should not have to be stretched and reached for. Make sure it’s easy for you to get on and off of. Also, buy a bike that suits the way you intend to use it. If you want to ride sand dunes, don’t invest in a street bike. If you want to make quick trips around town, you’ll need a street legal bike to do so.

February 3rd, 2016 by AZ Insurance Center