Summertime Travel: Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcycle safety tips to follow this summer.

Motorcycles are unlike any other vehicle out there because you are not enclosed by a steel cage: it’s just you and the road. The feeling is amazing, but it does come with a unique set of risks, including losing a lot of safety features. Because you’re not trapped in the car’s metal frame there’s nothing to absorb the force of another vehicle colliding with you, and your jacket and helmet must take some of the friction when you hit the pavement. This is what makes motorcycles so dangerous, and why you must make sure to be safe, even more so during the summer months with more drivers on the road.

Here are some tips you can use to keep you safe while you ride your motorcycle.

  • Always wear a helmet

You may think nothing of it when you hop on the back of a motorcycle, but your head needs adequate protection. Using a DOT certified helmet is important to keep you safe, should you be involved in an accident. Brain damage and death are very serious, and a helmet can protect you when you need it most.

  • Wear good gloves

We know it’s hot outside and the last thing you want to do is bundle up in layers, but it’s so important to do so. Think about it: the first thing you do when you’re falling is what? You put your hands out. It’s instinct that goes back millions of years, and when you’re falling, all you’re going to have is instinct. Wearing a good pair of biker gloves will keep your hands protected from the concrete. cuts render your entire hand disabled, imagine what a giant flesh wound would do to you.

  • Be visible

Motorcycles are way more likely to be involved in an accident than any other vehicle. This is because motorcycles are streamlined and people can’t always see them. Be sure to wear reflective gear and that your headlights and blinkers are bright. You also have the summer sun to contend with, so take extra safety precautions when moving lanes and braking.

  • Carry plenty of water

One very important factor about riding under the hot sun is to be well hydrated. The easiest thing you can do is drink plenty of water. Keep water with you when you’re riding and take regular breaks to drink up.

When it comes to your safety, it’s always better to have the right motorcycle insurance. Be sure that your policy offers all that it can to meet your needs throughout summer and beyond. Contact Sausman Insurance Agency, serving Mifflintown, Millersburg, Lewistown, and beyond. We will work with you to ensure you have the right policy at the right price.