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Warmer weather safety tips to help motorcyclists remain safer

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

With the warmer months coming quickly, now is the time for motorcyclists and motorists to prepare for motorcycles on the roadways. If you are a motorcyclist, there are several things you can do to enhance your safety.

Because of a motorcycle’s open design, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries or death in a crash than people in vehicles. Appropriate gear, including a helmet, can improve safety.

Inspect your motorcycle

After your motorcycle has been stored for the winter, it is essential to thoroughly inspect it. Check the tires for wear and ensure they’re inflated to the correct pressure. Also, check the brakes, lights, chain and fluids.

Ride defensively

Adopting a defensive riding style can significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Assume that other motorists might not see you, especially at intersections, and be prepared to react. Keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead, and always have an escape route in mind should you need to avoid a sudden obstacle.

Watch for road hazards

Spring often brings with it a host of road hazards, including potholes, gravel and debris, which can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Be vigilant and slow down in areas where the condition of the road is poor or unpredictable. Wet weather can also make roads slippery and reduce traction, so adjust your riding accordingly.

Practice good lane positioning

Good lane positioning helps make you more visible to other drivers and gives you the best view of the road ahead, as well as escape routes should you need them. Avoid riding in blind spots and change positions within your lane to increase your visibility to other drivers, especially at intersections where the risk of accidents is higher.

Communicate your intentions

Always signal your intentions well in advance whether you’re changing lanes, turning, or stopping. Use your turn signals and consider using hand signals if you believe they will make your intentions clearer to other motorists.

Even motorcyclists who are driving safely can be struck by other motorists. If you’re one of those unfortunate victims, you should ensure that you get medical care right away. You may also opt to pursue compensation from the negligent motorist who struck you.