7 Spring Motorcycle Safety Tips

springrainAfter a long, cold winter, we know you can’t wait to get back out on the open road. Before you roll out, check out these spring motorcycle safety tips:

  1. Take a class. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran of the open road, there’s a Motorcycle Safety Class for every rider.[1] Some insurance companies offer discounts for completing a MSC. Contact your insurance provider to learn more.
  2. Wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet and fasten it properly. If it’s a little grungy, learn the best way to clean your lid. Remember, helmets don’t last forever – find out when to replace your helmet and how to choose a new one.
  3. Make sure your ride is in top condition. After spending most of the past few months sitting around, your bike will need some attention. From tires and brakes to the battery and fluids, we have important tips to get your motorcycle ready for spring.
  4. SEE where you’re going. Actively assessing your surroundings is the first step to safe riding. At MotorEagles, we recommend the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s “SEE” strategy: Search, Evaluate, Execute. SEE is an active, thinking strategy that places responsibility on the motorcyclist to reduce risk by creating time and space in order to control a personal margin of safety.
  5. Be seen. We know you love your black leathers, but it’s safer to wear highly visible clothing. We recommend wearing brightly colored materials during the day (especially when it’s raining) and reflective gear at night. Check your bike’s reflectors and make sure your lights are functioning properly.
  6. Communicate. Let other motorists know your intentions by using proper signals, lane positions and brake lights. Try to establish eye contact with the other drivers whenever possible. Use your horn to alert distracted drivers of your presence. When riding in a group, have a rider’s meeting to discuss the route, stops and hand signals.
  7. Keep your eyes on the road. Winter months are hard on the pavement, so keep your eyes peeled for hazards. Spring rain or lingering patches of melting snow and ice can make roads slick. Be on the lookout for potholes, heaving pavement, lose stones or gravel and road debris.

From everyone at MotorEagles, have a fun, safe riding season. Always wear protective gear and remember that riding under the influence greatly increases the risk of getting into a fatal accident.

 


 

[1] Now through the end of 2016, all current and former U.S. military and first responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS professionals, are invited to learn to ride for free through Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy program. For more information, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer or visit http://www.h-d.com/AmericanHeroes.

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