12 Tips to Ensure Motorcycle Safety

12 Tips to Ensure Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Month! Whether you’re a seasoned biker or just getting started, the best way to enjoy your motorcycle is to enjoy it safely. Below are a few tips to ensure you are making the most out of your motorcycle ride:

  1. Choose a bike that fits you
    • Bike size, ride, and fit, depending on what you are doing, is very important
  2. New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take a refresher course if they’ve been off their bikes a while
  3. Know the rules of the road
  4. Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill
  5. Wear a full coverage helmet
    • Many states don’t require helmets, but a helmet could be the most important piece of equipment a biker could use. Never buy a used helmet, and look for the DOT sticker, which guarantees the helmet meets safety standards required by law
  6. Never drink and Ride
    • This is just as important on a motorcycle as those operating motor vehicles! In 2016, 26% of motorcycle fatalities were alcohol-impaired
  7. Dive defensively
    • Half of all motorcycle collisions occur in intersections
  8. Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, gravel, and debris
  9. Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen
  10. Use headlights day and night
    • This will increase your visibility
  11. Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable, and boots that cover your ankles
  12. Make sure weather is clear when you’re riding at night

Talk to your local IMT Agent to get the right coverage for your motorcycle! Ride safe this summer!

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