10 Jun 5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Motorcycle Accidents
5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are everywhere. While many people presume that motorcyclists are aware of the potential risks when they get on their bikes, it is still up to you to be vigilant. Watching out for motorcyclists is no different than watching out for any other vehicle on the road. Whether you are on a motorcycle, in a car, or driving a commercial vehicle, it is up to all of us to keep the roadways safe.
As a rider, the following are a few things you can continue to do to keep yourself and others safe while traveling.
- Obey the Traffic Laws
Obey the traffic laws. Maintain the legally permitted speed and use your signals when changing lanes or turning. Always come to a complete stop at every stop sign. One of the most important safety tips is to avoid using cell phones while driving. Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents that involve injuries. Check your phone only when you are parked. This eliminates the risk of being distracted for even a second. Remember, it only takes a moment to lose your life.
- Wear a DOT-Approved Helmet
There are many states that do not require the use of a helmet. However, making the decision to wear a helmet can save your life. The risk of head injury is dramatically reduced when helmets are worn. A DOT-approved helmet is one that has met the safety standards put in place by the Department of Transportation. Abide by your state’s helmet law and find a helmet that fits you properly.
- Dress for the Slide, Not the Ride
Many people don’t take into consideration the risk of having to lay their bikes down to avoid a more serious accident. If you are not wearing the proper clothing, you could end up with serious injuries to the exposed areas of your skin. Wear jeans and boots or leather tennis shoes. T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts will protect your torso. Leather chaps and a vest or jacket will provide the best protection if you are involved in an accident.
- Be a Defensive Driver
Always expect the worst. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid other drivers’ blind spots and be mindful of what other drivers are doing. Pay attention to the traffic ahead of you so that you can spot potential hazards before you come upon them. Be prepared to find a way out if you see an accident or are unsure of what other drivers are doing in front of you.
- Ride as a Group
Safety in numbers is the key to motorcycle safety. Whether you stagger or ride side by side, you are easier to spot if you travel as a group. If you plan on going for a ride, invite a few friends and make a day of it. Enjoy the company and create memories you will enjoy.
If you ride a motorcycle and want to learn more about motorcycle safety and how it affects your insurance, call Kevin or Marci at Kevin S. Dougherty Insurance Agency, LTD. We have the answers you are looking for and will be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. Motorcycle safety is up to all of us. Take a few minutes and learn how you can be safer on the roadways.