Florida Motorcycle Safety Tips
Many motorcycle riders relish in the mental and physical thrills of riding. There are so many exciting factors of riding a motorcycle, including feelings of liberation and freedom. Motorcycles are also more environmentally friendly, as they consume less gas than a car or truck, which is also appealing to many younger drivers. All these things make riding motorcycles a very popular sport. Unfortunately though, motorcycle riders have a higher chance of experiencing traumatic injury and even death if they are involved in a Florida motorcycle accident. When choosing to get around on our roadways on a motorcycle, you essentially forfeit the physical protection that a car provides. Also, motorcycles have two wheels which are much more unstable then 4 wheels in the event you need to make a sudden move or turn. In order to greatly reduce the risk that comes along with driving a motorcycle, it’s critical that riders get the proper training and take their safety very seriously. We have compiled a list of 6 tips that, if followed, can drastically decrease your chances of being involved in a Florida motorcycle accident and experiencing life threatening injuries.
Maintain Your Bike
Knowing your bike and how to maintain it is the first step in bike safety. If you are new to riding, or recently purchased a new bike, it's important to get to know your motorcycle in a controlled environment. Before every ride, it is critical to do a quick check of your bike. This includes checking tires (pressure and depth), make sure your turn signals are functioning, check your brakes and brake lights, and check the overall condition of your motorcycle. This will help ensure a safe ride.
Wear the Correct Riding Gear
You may have heard the popular acronym, “ATGATT”. It stands for “All The Gear All The Time”. What you choose to wear when riding a motorcycle could mean the difference between minor injuries and traumatic injuries if you were involved in a motorcycle accident. While motorcycle safety gear is an option, it should be considered mandatory. Important protective riding gear are helmets, motorcycle jackets, goggles, gloves, boots, riding pants or riding suits.
Ride with Caution
It is extremely important to never assume that you are visible to all the cars on the road. In fact, a motorcycle is notorious for being difficult for automobile drivers to see. It is very easy to slip into cars and truck's blind spots, and this can lead to disastrous results to the ill prepared motorcycle driver. Always assume drivers can not see you. Maintain a safe distance between you and the other motor vehicles on the road, and most importantly, drive defensively.
Maintain a Safe Speed
Don’t forget to keep within your lane and maintain the suggested speed limit. Be sure to follow all lane markings and signs. Avoid reckless speeding and cutting other vehicles off.
There are many options when it comes to motorcycle education. A number of schools offer both street and track courses. You can select from group or private classes. Motorcycle training courses can prepare riders for driving on the road, and will also teach riders basic and advanced techniques to help you ride with more confidence.
Check the Weather
Changes in the weather while riding could lead to disastrous results. Rain or snow can lead to slippery conditions, which makes riding a motorcycle extra dangerous. Always check weather conditions before heading out for a ride.
Having the right Motorcycle Accident Attorney who understands these issues is critical. Your experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney can coordinate a thorough investigative effort to ensure the proper outcome for your case. If you need immediate assistance from a lawyer that you can reach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call the Law Office of Robert E Gluck, P.A. right now at (877) Gluck-Law.