One of the best things about living in Southern California is the weather. Because it’s so warm all year, it gives motorcyclists the ability to ride almost any time they want. Because of this, it’s important to take the necessary precautions while you are riding your motorcycle to reduce your risk of getting into an accident.
Get a Motorcycle License
Just because you have a motorcycle doesn’t mean you can ride one legally. Getting a license will force you to learn more about the laws regarding motorcycles, which are designed to help keep you safe. A recent study showed that 22% of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents didn’t have a license.
Take a Motorcycle Class
Taking a motorcycle class will not only teach you the laws and how to be safe, but it can help you be a better rider. By learning to ride your bike in a controlled environment, you can hone your skills without other vehicles or distractions. There are many classes that are available to take. The bonus is that some insurance carriers offer discounts to those who have completed a motorcycle safety class.
Wear Protective Gear
The most important thing you need to wear is a helmet. It is the one thing that can best prevent serious injury or death. As you purchase protective gear, remember that the only thing protecting you is that safety gear. Unlike a car where you are enclosed, on a motorcycle you are completely exposed. Wearing high-quality protective gear will keep you more protected should you get into an accident.
Most importantly, ride defensively on your motorcycle. It’s easy to think that because you are small, you can weave between cars and fit into places cars cannot. Unfortunately, for those same reasons, drivers don’t look for motorcyclists in places that cars normally would not fit. Always be on the lookout for drivers who might not see you and assume they don’t see you, even if you have the right-of-way.
Riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, but they can also be very dangerous. Being smart about how you ride and how you prepare to ride can help you stay safer while you are on the road.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and have questions about your options, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We offer a free consultation to help you determine what your options are.