As the weather in Mississippi begins to get warmer this spring, you may be itching to take your motorcycle on the road. While it can be a fun way to get around, riding a motorcycle can come with dangers for yourself and other motorists.
To ensure you are safe this motorcycle season, try some of the tips below.
1. Wear safety gear
One of the best ways to stay safe on the road as a motorcyclist is to wear proper safety gear. A helmet is the most important type of gear to wear on the road. Studies have demonstrated that helmets can be 67% effective in preventing brain injuries for motorcyclists.
Other equipment you should consider wearing includes leather jackets, gloves, eye protection and proper footwear. Proper footwear could include most shoes that cover the toes. Wearing sandals or flip-flops may result in foot injuries should you get into an accident on the road.
2. Avoid getting distracted
Just as you would not drive while distracted in a car, you should not ride distracted on your motorcycle. Distracted riding could include eating, drinking, texting and any other activity that prevents your full attention from being on the road.
3. Stay alert
You must realize that other motorists may have trouble seeing you as a motorcyclist. Cars have blind spots, and generally, some motorists do not pay full attention to their surroundings. As a motorcyclist, it is better to be cautious and constantly check your surroundings. For instance, if you want to pass another car, it is best to check your surroundings a few times and proceed cautiously to ensure you are clear to pass.
Even if you ride safely and cautiously, you may still be involved in an accident that is not your fault. If you are, make sure you are aware of all of your options to protect your rights.