Revving up for Motorcycle Safety this Summer
Summer is officially here. That means summer vacation and grilling outside. It also provides the perfect weather to hop on your motorcycle and cruise the open road. Before you kick-start your ride, make sure you follow standard safety precautions.
While motorcycles are fun and fuel efficient, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than people in a car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Having spent several summers as a stuntman for the Batman stunt show at Six Flags Over Georgia, I understand these risks more than the average attorney.
I was also an avid Supercross and Motocross racer, so I cannot emphasis enough the importance of motorcycle safety. Below are some tips and reminders on how to stay safe this summer.
Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over: Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on our roads. You must also remember that most drivers are not accustomed to looking out for much smaller vehicles like motorcycles. Therefore, riding under the influence, even the slightest, could hamper your ability to ride defensively, which every rider must do.
Wear the Proper Gear: Wear a helmet! Riders without a helmet are 40-percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets. A full-face helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation is the best choice. In addition to a helmet, riders need to be wearing boots to protect their feet and ankles. Lastly, cover up! I know the last thing any rider wants to do is put on heavy pants and a leather jacket during the hot summer days in Georgia. However, in the event of a fall, you will need every bit of protection between your body and the asphalt.
Avoid bad weather: Rain cuts your visibility and reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky. If you need to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins, as the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top. Be especially gentle with the brakes, throttle and steering to avoid sliding.
Defensive Driving: Practice defensive driving and use caution at all times. Avoid distractions such as your mobile phone and check your mirrors frequently. Never ride while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or another safe place to take a break before getting back on the road.
Share The Road: Make sure you “share the road” and keep yourself visible to other vehicles and motorists at all times.
Remember that you are in charge of your own safety. Be alert when you ride and pay close attention to your surroundings. As my father used to say before every race, “Ride Smart.” Have a safe summer of riding!
For more information on what do if you’ve suffered a personal injury or if should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, please contact Michael Miller or Chris Wynn at 770-459-5438 or visit www.MillerWynnLaw.com.
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