Motorcycle Safety Every Parent Should Be Sure Their Teen Driver is Practicing
Ride safe with these motorcycle tips
Motorcyclists know that riding gives them a freedom that driving a car just can’t match. But the best riders also know that motorcycles require more focus to operate and don’t provide the same protections cars do in the event of a crash. The best riders also take great care in all situations, whether they’re in heavy traffic on Highway 99, stuck in the rain on Olive Avenue or just taking a quick ride down Santa Fe on a perfect day.
In 2010 tradgedy brought about change. It was brought to the attention of lawmakers that teen motorcycle licensing requirements weren’t up to snuff and so the laws changed and became more stringent to hopefully avoid the very tradgedy that started the change in laws.
Because Executive Edge Insurance has faith in the parenting skills of local citizens we won’t go into details about the laws – that’s what the DMV is for – but we would like to share some basic Motorcyle safety tips that every parent and every motorcyclist should follow.
Check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (http://www.msf-usa.org) or the American Motorcyclist Association (www.americanmotorcyclist.com) for more tips. And remember to give us at Executive Edge Insurance a call at 209-385-3343 when you need to get coverage for your bike (or your home or auto, boat or more)!
First things first
Wear proper safety gear and, most importantly, a helmet – no matter how short your trip may be.
Make sure you can be seen by other motorists. Make it easier for them by wearing reflective clothing, always using turn signals (and perhaps hand signals as well) and keeping your headlight on.
Even when taking the above precautions, stay alert and assume that other drivers don’t see you — especially at intersections and when making lane changes or passing.
Be patient. Don’t tailgate, and if someone is tailgating you, get out of their way.
Don’t ride after drinking or taking any medications that could impair your abilities.
Riding at night
Again, make sure you’re visible — particularly at dusk. Consider upgrading your headlight or adding other lights to your ride. Is your bike black? What about your clothing? Both will make you more difficult to see at night.
Your vision needs to be clear, so keep your visor or goggles clean and free from scratches. If you don’t use face or eye protection, consider it.
Carry a flashlight or other emergency gear with you so a mechanical problem doesn’t leave you stranded — and invisible — on the side of a dark road.
Keep rain and cold-weather gear handy. Riding isn’t just more enjoyable when you’re warm and dry — it’s safer, too.
Use extreme caution when it first begins to rain, as the roads are most slick at that point. Pull over and wait if necessary. It’s better to be late than ride in unsafe conditions.
We wish that all of your rides could be on sunny days with wide-open roads, but we know that’s not going to happen. So think about safety every time you start up your bike!
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