Riding a motorcycle is thrilling and intimidating all at once. While there is something exhilarating about getting on a bike and riding on the wide open road, it still comes with inherent dangers. Whether you are a new motorcyclist or have been riding for years, it is important to brush up on riding safety tips from time to time. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to make sure you understand your state’s laws as they pertain to riding a motorcycle.
The motorcycle laws in Texas, for example, differ slightly from those in Louisiana. If you are planning on crossing state lines or going on a road trip, do your research about that state and educate yourself regarding any new laws or changes. Texas and Louisiana are great examples; Texas is considering allowing lane splitting, but Louisiana does not. If the law passes, Texas will join California as the second state in the nation to allow lane splitting.
We know how important it is to brush up on state laws before jumping on your motorcycle, but it is also important to go over motorcycle safety tips. Motorcycles are fun and fuel efficient, there’s no question about that. But the reality is that motorcyclists are Thirty times more likely to get into an accident than people driving cars. Sadly, nearly half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of accidents with a single vehicle. There are many different safety courses out there that will inform you how to ride safely, therefore decreasing your chance of being involved in an accident. By taking a class, you would be better prepared to safely navigate the roads on your motorcycle. With that in mind, here are eight motorcycle riding tips:
- Make Sure You Are Seen – Motorcyclists often end up in the blind spot of cars and trucks, so it is imperative you do everything you can to be seen. Wear bright clothing or safety neon apparel in order to stand out.
- Ride With People Who Are More Experienced – If you are a new rider, one of the smartest things you can do is ride with people who know what they are doing and who you trust.
- Wear the Right Gear – Having the right safety gear (including a helmet with a face shield or protective eyewear) is an absolute must whenever you ride. This is true whether you are an experienced rider or new. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, boots, and gloves in order to protect your body from serious injury.
- Follow Traffic Rules – We’ve discussed this, but it is so important it is worth bringing up again. Obey the speed limit, know the state laws, and pay attention to the rules of the road.
- Ride Defensively – One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to assume all over drivers can see you. The fact of the matter is that they cannot. An estimated two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a motorcycle rider’s right of way. This is why it is imperative to ride defensively: keep your headlights on, stay a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from cars, stay out of the driver’s blind spot, and signal well in advance of any lane changes.
- Look Ahead to Where You Want to Go – Don’t look at the curb or behind you when riding, always keep your eyes on the road and pointed forward. This is especially true when you are riding in heavily-trafficked areas like I-35 and other Dallas highways.
- Complete a Formal Riding Education Program – Get licensed and take riding courses on an occasion to make sure your skills are honed and you are able to develop good riding techniques.
- Never Ride Tired or Drunk – One of the biggest mistakes a rider can make is to get on their motorcycle while tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only could you harm yourself by doing this, but others as well.
We hope these motorcycle safety tips will help you this summer while out on the Texas roadways. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, please contact Shamieh Law today.