Getting your motorcycle license requires you to drive numerous miles on your bike, as well as be comfortable handling it. In addition, you must know the basic safety tips to avoid a motorcycle accident. Just like practicing anything else in life, it is important to practice riding properly and to not act in a careless manner. We’ve put together a list of things not to do when it comes to riding your motorcycle.
- Don’t forget to regularly check your motorcycle. Just like on other vehicles, brake pads can wear, your engine may need work, and your tires might be wearing thin. It is important to check your motorcycle for these issues. After all, anticipating and fixing a minor issue can prevent a larger one.
- Don’t take on more than you’re comfortable with. It is crucial to know your limits when you are operating a motorcycle. Motorcycles are much more moveable than cars as they allow you to lean and turn. It is nearly impossible to keep up with your bike – it is powerful and fast. If you don’t feel comfortable going as fast as your other riding partners or prefer to avoid roadways that are steep or very curvy, don’t try to conquer them if you aren’t confident in your ability to do so.
- Don’t look down or away from where you are going. Distractions frequently occur while operating a motorcycle. As you ride by and look at something, your eyes and concentration are taken off the road. You can help avoid crashing into another vehicle or straying off the road by always keeping your eyes looking where you want to go.
- Don’t try to be more advanced than you are capable of at the time. Riding a motorcycle takes lots of time and effort. There is a sharp learning curve that is conquered by every rider at a different pace. If you aren’t comfortable riding with a passenger, wait until you feel more assured. If you aren’t comfortable going faster than 60 miles per hour, don’t push your limits.
Accidents happen when people take on more than they are properly trained to do. Avoid hurting yourself or others by practicing and gaining skill on your bike at your own pace. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us or call us at 800-676-5295. We offer a free consultation to help you determine your options with our experienced, dedicated attorneys.