Few who have experienced the thrill of a motorcycle ride will deny the joy it can generate. Taking in the beauty of nature as you weave down a scenic roadway can be both exhilarating and peaceful. Thereʻs is a reason why seasoned riders refer to regular cars and trucks as “cages”.
Yet this fun-loving, liberating pastime can be fraught with danger if proper safety precautions are not taken. A joyride can quickly turn catastrophic due to variables such as loose gravel, poorly maintained roads, distracted fellow drivers and acts of mother nature.
5 safety measures for motorcyclists
We are often better off by learning lessons from the mistakes of others. This is especially true when considering ways to avoid injuries or death due to accidents. Here are five ways you can protect yourself before you jump on your bike:
Wear a helmet
The state of California mandates all operators of motorcycles, motor-driven bikes or motorized bicycles to wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation helmet. The majority of serious motorcycle injuries and deaths involve head injuries. Whether you choose a half shell, three-quarters or full-face helmet, wearing it is not optional when it comes to safety.
Protect your eyes and face
Eye goggles or a full face shield are a wise choice when riding. They can protect your eyes from dust, insects, the wind and other irritants. Wearing a helmet with a full face shield adds the benefit of protecting your ears from hearing loss due to the wind as well as protecting your face should you get into a collision.
Wear long sleeves and pants
Motorcyclists donʻt just wear leather to look cool. Leather jackets and thick jeans can go a long way to preventing massive road rash if you fall off of your bike or get hit by another vehicle.
Reflect to protect
You never know who you’re sharing the road with. Other drivers may have compromised eyesight or might be driving while distracted. Wearing reflective gear gives them a better chance of seeing – and avoiding – you, especially during twilight and at night.
Cover your feet and ankles
Even if you hate wearing shoes, you really donʻt want to learn this the hard way. With your feet so close to the engine, wheels and fast-moving pavement, there are plenty of ways you could be hurt. Properly covering your feet and ankles with closed-toed shoes, socks and long pants helps to prevent burns and other injuries.
Do what you can, when you can
There will always be some risk inherent in riding your motorcycle. When you take charge of the elements within your control, you better protect yourself against the dire outcomes of motorcycle accidents. Taking responsibility for your own safety makes it easier to hold another party responsible when they don’t act with due care.