There is nothing more appealing than the call of the open road. Once you start riding a motorcycle, the feeling of freedom and joy that comes with hitting the streets only gets stronger.
That drive to ride is fun, but the most important thing is your safety. Whether you’re an experienced motorcycle rider or a novice you need to be aware of how to take care of yourself on the road and stay safe when you’re on your bike.
Knowing how to stay safe is especially important for motorcycle riders because motorcycles just don’t offer the same level of protection that cars do. That being said, motorcycle safety doesn’t have to limit the free feeling you get when you’re on your bike. Check out these three tips to stay as safe as possible.
1- Wear the Proper Gear When You Are on The Road
Arguably, the most impactful thing any rider can do to make their ride safer is wearing the proper gear. According to the United States of America’s Department of Transportation, all riders must wear DOT approved helmets to ensure their safety. However, if riders really want to be safe, they need to be wearing appropriate clothing for riding all over their bodies.
When you are selecting outfits to ride in, you need to think about what will give you the best protection. Ideally, you want your clothes to shield you from heat and potential debris.
Cover your legs with well-designed motorcycle pants and boots, so you can really ride that Harley in both safety and style. After all, when you are rolling through the concrete jungle, the last thing you want to do is be worried that you’ll become horrifically injured from a hard collision.
You never want your machine to cause you pain, so just take the time to find the right clothing. After you are properly outfitted you can ride in style and confidence, knowing that you’ll be safe even as your bike gets hot.
2- Take Extra Precautions When Driving at Night
Next up, it’s important to think about how being on the road is different at night. Driving during the night, even in a car, is more dangerous than daytime driving. At night, there are increased risks of running into drunk or drowsy motorists. That’s why it’s important to take extra care when you plan to ride at night.
Some practical things you can do to be safe at night include:
- Adding visibility strips to your jacket or bike
- Approaching turns and corners with extra caution
- Flashing your lights when legal
You might even consider riding only where you know the roads are totally illuminated at night.
While one of the major benefits of a motorcycle is its small size that lets you zip around easily, at night that can actually be a hazard too. Motorists who aren’t used to motorcyclists on the road are more likely to overlook your presence until it’s too late.
3- Educate Others About the Best Practices for Dealing with Motorcycles on The Road
Lastly, if you really want to be safe on the road, you need to start thinking about educating the people who don’t ride motorcycles about how to properly share the road. It may seem obvious how to behave to you, but people who have never been on a motorcycle really don’t know what is helpful or harmful for you when you’re on a bike.
While it might feel annoying to teach your friends how to properly deal with bikes, it will give you a safer environment down the line. Whether you take on the task of educating your circle about how to share the road with bikes or bring them to the proper resources, you will be happy you did.
People do not create hazardous conditions for motorcycle riders on purpose; they are just unfortunately uneducated about what they need to do to share the road in a safe way for cyclists and riders.
Overall, you want to stay safe when you are on the road. There’s only so much you can do to control how safe you are and enjoy your ride in peace. Of course, accidents happen. But when you’re wearing the right gear, thinking about your surroundings carefully, and working with others to make sure they know how to deal with motorcycles on the road, then you are going to run into far fewer problems.
Enjoy your ride and stay safe on the roads, riding your Harley wherever you go!