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Taking extra precautions to stay safe while riding a motorcycle

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People who ride motorcycles know there is a particular enjoyment about experiencing the open road and wind. If you’ve ever ridden on a bike, you’re probably aware of the additional risks associated with riding.

An accident on a motorcycle is 28 times more likely to result in death than a car accident. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the thrill of riding. However, some basic tips help you enjoy a safe ride.

Be aware

Motorcycles have a smaller profile than other vehicles, making them harder to see. The common phrase “look twice, save a life” is intended for motorists to be on the lookout for riders. However, as a rider, be aware of your surroundings too.

Even if you have the right of way as you come up to cross-traffic, make sure that other cars see you. You can slow down when approaching an intersection or even cover the break. Don’t assume that cars see you; always be prepared with an exit strategy.

Be protected

Using a helmet is perhaps the most significant way to reduce your chances of serious injury or death when riding a motorcycle.

A helmet isn’t the only gear that can reduce injury or help protect a rider. Choosing the right equipment can depend on the weather conditions of the ride but may include:

  • Full-Length Pants
  • Boots or High-Top Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Rain Gear
  • Reflective Gear

Riding a motorcycle gives someone a unique way to enjoy nature. “Wind therapy” seems to be a real thing among riders. Still, the most critical element of riding is coming home safely. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you might want to learn more about your legal options.