Summer is the ultimate season for any motorcyclist. The weather is warm, the skies are clear and everyone wants to enjoy the outdoors. However, summer is a particularly deadly season for drivers, specifically motorcyclists.
Luckily, motorcyclists can make sure their bikes are road ready before their trip, like any other driver. All they need to do is create a pre-ride routine that prioritizes safety and efficiency for everyone on the road.
What can riders do before hitting the highway?
Riders need to implement a few simple steps before any major ride, including:
- Gathering the proper protection – Every motorcyclist knows they need to wear a helmet anytime they are on the road. But there are also other forms of protection, like gear to protect legs and arms, boots, gloves and brightly colored coloring. All these pieces are necessary to protect a rider in the case of a severe accident.
- Checking your bike’s functions – Similar to a vehicle, motorcycles need routine maintenance and solutions for any major mechanical issues. Motorcyclists should check tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, brakes and signals before any ride. It ensures your bike is perfectly prepared for any street.
- Secure your cargo – If you are bringing additional items on your bike, make sure to secure the items onto your bike in a proper manner. If you are carrying an extra passenger, make sure they are secured with a helmet, directions and firmly hold your waist during the ride.
Once you complete these three steps, you’re ready to hit the road and embrace the beautiful summer breeze. But bikers need to be wary of other drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are over-represented in traffic-related fatalities, accounting for 14% of traffic deaths.
If you are a motorcyclist who is injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to seek immediate medical attention. After that, you will gather evidence to prove negligence on the driver’s side and earn compensation for your medical expenses.