Motorcycle season is upon us, finally. After such a wet spring it began to look like a bleak riding outlook this year. Despite the joy of the season, there are several somber reminders that need to be passed on. Every year hundreds of motorcycle riders die. Some of these deaths are preventable and here are a few ways to do just that.
- Wear your gear. Yes, it sucks on a hot day and yes, you have been riding for years without dumping your bike, but when was the last time a driver in a car pulled out in front of you?
- Rider courses are not for sissies. Basic courses are a great idea for first time riders and those who have not been on a bike for a while. If you have been at it for years, why not try a more advanced course that includes supervised time on a race track?
- Maintenance is extremely important on a motorcycle. Not oil changes, etc, but checking your bike over before every ride. If possible, buy a bike with ABS brakes.
- Always be on the look out for other vehicles. Like it or not, four wheeled vehicle drivers do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists. More than half of the two wheeled accidents are directly linked to driver negligence every year.
The riding season is as much a source of celebration as Christmas, and usually cheaper, but it brings with it a responsibility that cannot be shirked. Your life is in your hands, guard it as best you can.