This time of year is when many motorcyclists start taking to the road. After the long, cold winter, many riders are eager to start taking their bikes out. If you are not a motorcycle rider, please be particularly diligent at this time, and all others, of motorcyclists. If you are, please be informed to help better protect yourself on the road.
Before you take the bike out, call or come by our office to make sure you have the proper motorcycle coverage. We can answer any questions you might have.
Don’t take to the road after a long winter without giving your bike the once-over:
- Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals.
- Check the oil and fuel levels.
- Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly.
- Check the cables to make sure they aren't worn or frayed.
While you’re on the road, be sure that you are driving responsibly. Here are a few things to be conscious of:
- Always wear a helmet that fits. Pick one that has a DOT label, showing that it meets federal safety standards.
- Know your bike's limits and stick to the speed limit
- Use your signals properly and at all times when turning or making a lane change.
- Be respectful of other drivers. Don't tailgate other vehicles, weave through traffic, or drive on the shoulder.
- Make sure other drivers can see you. Don't ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.
- Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.
Use these tips and keep safety top of mind when you get your motorcycle out this spring, and be sure to remember them while you’re on the road throughout the year!