With the spring season finally, here, many motorcyclists are dusting off their bikes and heading out on the open road. While riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting on a warm and sunny day, it can also be dangerous. However, if you take the proper safety precautions, you can prevent getting injured.
Here are some tips to avoid a motorcycle accident in the spring.
Get Your Motorcycle Inspected
If you put your motorcycle away for the winter, you should have a professional look at it before you get back on the road. Motorcycles can experience issues with their brakes, motor, and other parts when they haven’t been used for months. A mechanic will inspect your motorcycle and make repairs if necessary.
Stay Away from Construction Zones
Since there are more daylight hours and warmer temperatures in the springtime, many construction companies start their roadways projects. Construction zones tend to be very busy, so there’s a greater risk of getting into an accident. That’s why it’s wise to find out where the new construction zones are and stay away from them.
Check the Weather Forecast
The spring season will have its fair share of rainy days. Rain will make the roads extra slippery, which is especially dangerous for motorcyclists. To avoid getting into an accident, try to stay off the road when there is rain in the forecast.
Make Yourself Visible
Motorcycles are much smaller than regular vehicles, so they’re easier to miss. That’s why you must make yourself as visible as possible. Before you head out on your motorcycle, put on bright-colored clothes. Other motorists will be more likely to notice you on your motorcycle if you’re wearing bright colors.
Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
No matter how long you’ve been riding a motorcycle, it never hurts to refresh your knowledge of motorcycle safety. Consider taking a motorcycle safety course this spring to learn how to reduce accidents and injuries. Your insurance company may also give you a discount for completing this course.
Wear Protective Gear
Motorcycles offer much less protection than passenger vehicles, so motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries in accidents. Wearing protective gear might not prevent an accident from happening, but it can protect you against life-threatening injuries. Remember to wear a helmet, leather pants and jacket and pads.