Motorcycles are part of American culture. They symbolize freedom and independence and create feelings of nostalgia for those who love them. The common thread between enthusiasts and non-riders alike is safety. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and to celebrate, below are their top 10 safety tips.
- Training: If you are a new rider, you should take a formal training class and get a motorcycle license.
- Gear: Be sure to wear all of your protective gear when you ride.
- Drinking and Riding: Riding after even one drink can be much more hazardous than driving a car.
- Other Cars: Assume that other cars do not see you
- 360 Degrees: Maintain a 360 degree look out
- Cushion: Create a cushion between you and other vehicles to prevent accidents when other vehicles have to make sudden movements.
- Intersections: Enter intersections with caution to make sure that other vehicles are properly yielding to you.
- Emergency Braking: Practice taking evasive actions so that you know how your bike handles.
- Aggressive Riding: This should be saved for a closed course and for those with true experience
- Continuing Education: Continuously practice riding in low risk areas.
For more rider safety information and to find a class near you, visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.