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Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders

There is a growing trend in the number of motorcycle fatalities and accidents each year, making motorcycle safety a real concern for riders. Read on for some basic tips to help you arrive at your destination…safely.

Common Causes of Accidents:

  • Motorists fail to see riders when they are coming out of a driveway, making a left turn in front of an oncoming rider or when the motorcycle is in the driver’s “blind spot.”
  • Many riders do not obtain the proper motorcycle license and training to learn how to properly operate the bike.
  • Riders speed excessively while also weaving in and out of traffic lanes.
  • Riders are under the influence of drugs or alcohol—the cause of almost half of all motorcycle accidents.

Safety Tips for Riders
As mentioned above, accidents are commonly cause by motorists failing to see riders. To increase the odds of a motorist seeing you before it is too late, and protect yourself on the road:

  • Do not tailgate or weave between lanes if traffic is slow.
  • Abide by traffic laws, just like motorists are expected to do.
  • Always use turn signals to warn motorists of your intentions. 
  • Attend motorcycle training courses and get a license specifically for a motorcycle.
  • Always wear a helmet and other appropriate gear.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs while operating a motorcycle.
  • Practice using the controls and gears while your bike is off and parked.
  • Follow posted speed limits.
  • Look out for hazards such as potholes, cracks and bumps in the road.
  • Exercise extreme caution when you are carrying passengers.

And don't forget -- just because no one has ever stolen your motorcycle, doesn't mean that it won't happen to you. Since motorcycles are easily accessible, they are highly prone to theft. View our 10 Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Theft. Call our team at Marshall & Sterling to learn more about Motorcycle Insurance, and ensure you have enough coverage for your favorite ride.