It is time for motorcyclists to head out on the open road to enjoy the warm days of summer. With this increase in motorcycle traffic comes the need to ensure that these bikers remain safe. If you are going to be riding a motorcycle this summer, make sure that you take the time to brush up on some safety tips.
Being highly visible is one of the most important things you can do when you are on a motorcycle. You can increase your visibility by wearing brightly colored clothing and reflective items. You can also drive a bright motorcycle, ensure the motorcycle's lights are working properly and place reflective tape on the motorcycle.
Another component of being seen is staying out of blind spots. There are many locations that wouldn't be an issue for another car; however, the small footprint of a motorcycle makes it easy to miss. Pay close attention to other drivers on the road so that you can try to take evasive action if it appears one is going to crash into your motorcycle.
When you are riding your motorcycle, you need to do what you can to show other drivers your intent. This includes using signals to let them know when you will turn and tapping your brakes when you are going to stop or slow down.
Of course, even if you are as safe as possible, you can't control the actions of other drivers. If something happens and you are involved in a crash that was caused by another vehicle, you might decide that you are going to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Source: RideApart, "Be Seen," Sean McDonald, accessed June 09, 2017