Many motorcycle enthusiasts look forward to few things more than the arrival of spring. Mild temperatures and sunny days are perfect for long rides and weekend outings on a motorcycle and it is no surprise that the number of bikes on the road increases this time of year. As you prepare to head out onto the open road, it is always a good idea to revisit motorcycle safety tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride.
Even the most experienced motorcyclists can benefit from safety refreshers and the following are only three of many tips to remember this spring.
Watch the Weather
While the sun may be shining as you set out on your ride, spring is known for unpredictable rain showers. Be prepared for changing weather conditions and exit the road if necessary until it is safe to ride again. Furthermore, be aware if the roads may be wet from rain in the previous hours before your ride, Roads can stay slick for some time, especially if there is oil, mud, or other substances on the pavement.
Have the Proper Safety Gear
Safety gear can become worn after repeated use, so you should always check the quality and condition of your gear to determine if anything needs to upgraded or replaced. If you are a new rider, ensure you have all the necessary gear, including a federally-approved helmet,1 vests or jackets, pants made out of durable material, boots, gloves, and more.
Stay Visible and Aware
Many motorcycle crashes happen because a driver claims they were unaware of the presence of the motorcyclist. You cannot keep other drivers from being distracted,2 but you can try to make yourself seen as much as possible in the following ways:
- Wear bright clothing that is reflective if riding at night
- Always use clear signals before you turn or change lanes
- If you think a driver does not see you, do not hesitate to use your horn
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At the Houston office of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney At Law, our team hopes everyone stays safe and enjoys the spring on their motorcycles. In the event a crash occurs, however, we are here to help you. We have extensive experienced representing the rights of injured motorcyclists, so please contact our motorcycle crash attorney at (281) 664-6500 for a free consultation today.