Summer has arrived and many motorcyclist enjoy going for longer rides. While longer rides are enjoyable, they pose different threats than a normal ride around town. If you’re a biker, and you’re hoping to make the most of the long, hot summer on two wheels, here are some safety tips to take on board.
Making sure that your motorcycle is ready for the trip you are going to take, make sure you perform pre-trip checks. By making sure that everything is running properly, you can be confident in the ability to travel on your motorcycle.
- Check all Fluids
- Ensure that the brakes are working properly
- Check your tire pressure
- Make sure your seat is comfortable enough for a long ride
- Check that all lights (brakes, turn signals, high beams, low beams) work properly
Safety Tips for Long Travel
If you are traveling by motorcycle this summer and you’re planning a long trip, make sure you have the relevant safety equipment and clothing, invest in a good quality helmet, and abide by the rules of the road. You don’t have airbags or the protective shell of a car or truck to absorb the impact, and your body can sustain serious damage. When you’ve got an open highway in front of you, it’s tempting to put your foot on the gas, but resist the urge to break the speed limit. The speed of a crash can have a major influence on the severity of injuries. Be sure to follow all traffic laws. As you expect vehicles to watch for you on your motorcycle, watch for other vehicles. You can’t always assume others are watching for you.
Take regular breaks to rest. Fatigue is common on longer trips. If you feel like you need to rest, pull over at the next rest stop. Getting to your destination safely is more important than getting there quickly. Be sure that you keep hydrated and eat along your trip. Keeping your body hydrated and fed will help give you energy you need for the ride.
Causes of motorcycle accidents
Speeding is a very common problem, and distracted driving, driving tired, failing to use the mirrors and drink driving also play a role in shaping statistics. If you are planning to hit the roads on your bike this summer, it’s essential to be aware of other drivers and to make yourself known. If it’s dark, and you’re dressed all in black, it may be difficult for a motorist to spot you. Use high-visibility straps or stickers or wear a vest over your jacket. In the summer, the sunlight can cause issues for all kinds of road users. If the sun is low, this can affect your visibility. The warm weather also tends to encourage more bikers onto the roads. When you’re navigating traffic, be patient, give other drivers time, and don’t weave in and out of channels.
Summer is a highlight in the calendar for motorcyclists. The warm weather and long days bring opportunities to plan road trips and get together with fellow bikers. Speeding along on two wheels is thrilling, but it can also be dangerous. The risk of severe injuries is higher due to the lack of protection provided by a bike and the potential for damage caused by being ejected from the seat. Have fun, but take care.