As a motorcycle rider, the law protects you from personal injury in various ways. However, you can take your own precautionary measures to stay safe while enjoying your two- or three-wheeler. Most users take for granted a lot of things as far as motorcycles are concerned. It should be known that using a motorcycle is riskier than using larger vehicles.
Wear a Helmet with a Visor
Above everything else, always ensure that you have a helmet on your head. The visor should also be firmly attached to it for extra protection.
Wear Protective Gear
Besides the helmet with a visor, have other types of protective gear such as boots and gloves with leather jackets and pants. In the case of an accident, they will minimize personal injuries.
Observe Traffic Rules
The rules are set to keep you safe from accidents hence you should obey them. Do not only observe them to evade the police as it is for your own good.
When riding your motorcycle, keep in mind that you are mostly using the same road as big trucks and other vehicles. Therefore, ride in a defensive manner to ensure that other road users always know where you are.
Always Update your Skills
Although simple to know, riding a motorcycle (and any other vehicle) requires certified skills to stay safe.
Only Ride when Sober and Alert
Anything that reduces your level of alertness should be avoided. That includes drugs and alcohol, fatigue or a distraction of any kind. You can always deal with that later but for the time your are riding, stay sober.
Each time you intend to ride your motorcycle, you need to have a routine that will keep you safe from road accidents. This entails;
- Always check under the bike to ensure that there are no leaks of gas or water of any kind. If you find any, clean it and find the source to seal it.
- Check the health of the tires to ensure that they are inflated well. They should also have no bulges or other dents that may put you at risk.
- Check the level of hydraulic and coolant fluids. These fluids keep your motorcycle safe when on the road.
- Check to make sure that your lights are functioning properly. These include the headlights, taillights and the signaling lights (indicators). You should test them by turning them off and on. Also, test the dim and full lights for proper lighting when on the road.
- Make sure that the clutch and throttle are working accordingly. Both should move back to their original position once you release them after depressing them. If you notice any lag, ensure it is checked and fixed properly.
- Check the brakes to ensure they are working properly. Each brake (front and rear) should be able to bring the motorcycle to a full stop on their own. In this way, in the case one of them fails, you will still be safe.
- Also check your mirrors to ensure they are clean and estimate the distance correctly. Any dirt on the mirrors may give off the wrong estimation of the distance from the objects behind you.
- Test the horn to stay safe. The horn will allow you warn the pedestrians and other road users to keep you and them safe.
All these steps should be adhered to religiously each time you want to ride the motorcycle. When you are in an accident, your lawyer will have a better chance at securing you the needed compensation if you follow these steps. Better yet, they will keep you from the actual accidents.