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3 ways to protect yourself while operating a motorcycle

As a motorcyclist, you may find the freedom of the road exhilarating. You may enjoy feeling the open air and having the ability to join others who share your passion on fun outings to various destinations. You may even build certain parts of your life around the identity you have from being a motorcyclist.

Of course, you certainly also know that operating a motorcycle comes with risks that drivers of other vehicles do not face. You may not want to often think about the potential dangers you face on the road as such thoughts could put a damper on your good time, but you undoubtedly want to remain aware of how to better protect yourself on the road.

Have the right gear

One major step toward traveling safely on a motorcycle is to have the right gear. You will certainly need a helmet to protect your head in the event of an accident, but having protective eyewear can also provide additional safety. You should also pay attention to the type of clothing you wear as certain materials can better protect you from injuries.

Be a defensive driver

Because your vehicle has a much smaller size, other drivers can easily overlook your presence. Therefore, you will need to take it upon yourself to remain defensive on the road. Scanning for hazards, making your presence known when possible, riding with your headlights on, using turn signals and watching for other vehicles could help increase your ability to arrive at your destination safely.

Check your motorcycle

Before heading out on the road, you may want to go over certain steps to ensure that your motorcycle remains in working order. Looking at the following aspects could help you avoid an unexpected event on the road:

  • Check for cracks, bulges, low treads or other tire issues
  • Check for signs of any fluid leaks underneath the motorcycle
  • Ensure that all headlights, taillights, brake lights and signals work properly
  • Clean and adjust mirrors as needed
  • Test brakes for secure hold
  • Ensure the horn works properly

If you find any issues, you should have them addressed as soon as possible and before heading out on the road.

Handling the unavoidable

Of course, even when you take steps to better ensure your safety, you cannot always account for the actions of other drivers. As a result, you could find yourself seriously injured as a result of a crash. In such a case, you may wish to find out more information on seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages with a personal injury claim.

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