Summertime Motorcycle Safety Tips
With summer in full swing, it is more important than ever before to make sure you are safe while on your motorcycle. While motorcycle accidents can occur any time of year, the combination of heat and tourists makes the roadways more dangerous than usual.
If you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident, you should hire the services of a personal injury attorney. They can review the facts of your case and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Some additional steps to help you stay safe while on your motorcycle this summer are found here.
Look Over the Bike Regularly
If it has been a while since you have inspected your bike, you should take some time to do so. Some things to check at least once a month include:
- Brake lights
- Air pressure
- Tire tread
It is also a good idea to take the motorcycle to the shop several times a year for a professional tune-up. This will help ensure any small issues are found before they have the opportunity to become bigger and more expensive problems.
Invest in the Proper Summer Gear
The gear you wear in the summer months may be different than what you would wear when it is cooler outside. After all, you want to remain as cool and safe as possible while riding. While you need to wear gear that will protect you, it doesn’t mean you have to be sweltering. Some items you want to keep on throughout the year include your helmet, protective eye gear, footwear and gloves. Keep in mind, while you may be tempted to wear less during the summer, you still need to put safety first. Most motorcycle shops have lighter weight options that will still protect you if an accident occurs.
Secure Your Motorcycle Insurance
If you have allowed your motorcycle insurance to lapse, you should make sure you secure a new policy before you get out on the road. Besides making sure that you have met the minimum state requirements, you also need to ensure that the new policy covers any upgrades you have made to the bike. If you are in the accident, having quality insurance will help protect you.
Be Sure You’re Always Visible
As you are getting ready to go for a ride this summer, you need to make sure you keep visibility as a top priority. Keep plenty of distance between you and the other vehicles on the road. Also, make sure your lights work and that you can be seen in the daytime and at night.
You don’t need to get too “crazy” while on the road. While it may be tempting to test your limits and skills, this puts you and the other drivers on the road in danger. Be sure to always ride respectfully and follow the rules of the road.
If you are involved in an accident, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. You can learn more about your rights after a motorcycle accident by contacting the attorneys at Leifer Law Firm by calling 561-440-7697.