First-time riders on a motorcycle should know what it takes to not only enjoy riding, but to stay safe as well. Keep the following tips in mind before getting on a bike and read the paragraphs after the list for expanded explanations of same.
Prep for your first ride with five things every beginner should know:
- avoiding alcohol and speeding are two of the easiest things you can skip that can do the most to save your life;
- enrolling in a safety course can be quick and will give you more confidence than you ever thought you could have;
- wearing the proper gear can save you from disfiguring accident injuries (and looks good too!);
- risk-taking on a motorcycle includes such innocuous things as riding while tired or when the weather is poor; and
- you have to obey all the same rules of the road as a car, so skip ‘capitalizing’ on using the bike by driving on the shoulder or down the middle lane.
First, reduce the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2011, of all the motorcycle riders involved in a fatal accident, 35 percent were speeding (compared to 22 percent of motorists).
Second, enroll in a motorcycle safety course. In Georgia, a successful completion allows a rider to waive his or her riding and written portions of the license application for 90 days.
Third, wear the proper type of equipment. Helmets are required in Georgia. So is some kind of eye protection, unless the bike has a windshield. A leather jacket, long pants, gloves and boots can save your skin from road rash.
Fourth, don’t take risks. Riders should know their skill levels and shouldn’t take risks. This includes not riding when the weather is poor, while tired, or going over treacherous road conditions.
Fifth, obey traffic laws. Some examples include going the posted speed limit, using a turn signal and observing traffic signs and signals.
New motorcycle riders should also consider reviewing Georgia motorcycle accident statistics. This information can provide additional insight into common factors associated with these types of crashes. If ever in an accident, be sure to check out our free eBook, The Truth About Your Injury Case.