New Jersey Summer Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
It’s that time again. Summer is here, the sun is out, and lots of people are opening the garage door and taking the cover off of their old friend: the motorcycle. The season’s first ride is often a memorable one, but it’s important to brush up on some of the fundamental safety aspects that may have lapsed during the colder months.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before you “get your motor running and head out on the highway”:
- Motorcycles are the minority – Never forget that there are a lot more cars and trucks on the road than motorcycles. Some motorists don’t see motorcycles, particularly on a long road trip where the driver may “zone out.” Be alert and defensive, and use any safety indicators, such as day-runner headlights and LED signals, when possible.
- The blind spot – Experienced motorcyclists know that a motorcycle can easily disappear in a car’s blind spot or can be hidden by other external objects such as guard rails, signage, and fences. As a motorcyclist, take it upon yourself to try to recognize when you are in a blinded position and make necessary adjustments.
- Shine a light – To a motorcyclist, a light can be your best friend when indicating your presence to other motorists. However, it’s common for many motorcyclists to slow their bike by shifting down or rolling the throttle, neither of which activate the brake lights. Do yourself a favor and tap the brakes when possible as you’re slowing down in order to help other motorists see you.
- Leather doesn’t only look good – Any motorcyclist suffering an accident can be assured to experience severe, painful skin damage unless they are wearing protective gear. Nothing works better than good, quality leather. There’s a reason that leather is entrenched in motorcycle culture: it looks good and its protective ability is unmatched. There are also synthetics that are a little bit cooler in temperature and provide good protection. They are a popular alternative in the hot summer months.
- Helmet, helmet, helmet – Wearing a helmet is the number one safety tip for motorcyclists. Fortunately, now in American culture, wearing a helmet has become ubiquitous, much like wearing seat belts in cars. There’s simply no excuse to not wear a helmet, whether the state you’re riding in requires it or not.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen, and they are usually due to the driver of a car or truck simply not seeing the motorcyclist, which can be the result of negligence. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it’s imperative that you seek legal help. The New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are here to help you. Call us at (609) 240-0040.
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