As warmer weather arrives, motorcycle enthusiasts will become prominent on the roadways once again. To prepare for the upcoming motorcycle season, bikers should ensure that their equipment is in good condition and operating properly to protect the vehicle as well as their own safety. Below are some tips that may help guard against personal injury and accidents.
Motorcycle Maintenance Guards Against Accidents
Tires should be properly inflated and inspected for wear. Improperly inflated tires make it difficult to handle the motorcycle and increase the risk of an accident. Worn tread reduces the ability to grip the road and can be especially hazardous in sandy or wet areas.
The front and back brakes should be checked to make sure they work properly. They should operate smoothly and not grab or lock up. If the front brake locks up, the front wheel will slide and there will be no control over the steering.
Confirm that lights and turn signals are working to provide visibility for other motorists. It is a law in most states that motorcycles have working lights and turn signals. Riding with improper equipment may result in being liable in the event of an accident.
Inspect the fuel tank, cables and other moving parts for rust or corrosion. Moisture tends to build up on these parts when a motorcycle is stored for an extended period of time. It’s critical that these parts have not deteriorated to where it affects their functioning and that the fuel tank maintains its integrity.
Clean the motorcycle thoroughly and inspect for pests such as wasps or spiders. Being stung or bitten while riding puts a rider at severe risk of having an accident.
Proper Gear Protects Against Personal Injury
Bikers should make sure they have proper riding gear including gloves, full pants and foot wear that extends over the ankle. They should be constructed of leather or some other rugged material that offers protection in the event of a fall. Bright colors will help make the rider more visible to other motorists.
While some states do not require a helmet to be worn when riding a motorcycle, the fact remains that they protect against personal injury in the event of an accident. Helmets should be checked for damage, especially if they have been subjected to the impact of a fall previously. The materials may deteriorate over time; therefore, it is recommended that helmets be replaced every five years.
Review Motorcycle Laws to Avoid Accidents and Liability
Motorcyclists should keep abreast of changes in local laws as well as variations that exist in other locations where they plan to travel. For example, it is legal for motorcycles to split lanes and treat red lights as a four way stop in some states while it is not in others.
Insurance policies should be reviewed regularly to ensure they provide ample coverage for personal injury. The amount of coverage required by law may change or a biker may decide they need more or less coverage based on the value of the motorcycle.
Bikers who have not ridden in a while may wish to brush up on their riding skills with a safety course. Even experienced riders can benefit from learning to perform evasive techniques to avoid accidents.