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The crisp fall air is perfect for cruising on your motorcycle. Whether you are heading out to meet up with friends, or out for a joy ride to enjoy a sunny fall afternoon, a personal injury attorney in Kingsport, Michael R. Munsey, has four tips to help motorcycle drivers stay safe on the roads.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. For one, there is nothing to protect you if you crash. There are no seatbelts or airbags, which makes crashing much more serious of an issue than wrecking in a vehicle. Common causes of motorcycle accidents are from other drivers not noticing motorcycle drivers, poor weather conditions, and busy intersections. But, if you drive a motorcycle, you can protect yourself by following these tips.
Practice makes perfect
Driving a motorcycle is not for everyone. If you buy one, be sure that you feel completely confident before driving it out on the road. It is required in Tennessee that you get a Class M endorsement on your driver’s license. But, beyond that, there aren’t any additional requirements. Just because you studied the book and passed the short driver’s test does not mean you are ready for cruising on your bike down the highway. It is essential that you practice driving your bike in a safe area away from other vehicles. Practice until you feel 100% confident in handling your bike on the road. Get familiar with your brakes, turn signals, and other features.
Get your motorcycle inspected
This is especially helpful when purchasing a used motorcycle. You never know what condition it may be in beyond what you can see on the outside. We aren’t talking about cosmetics here, but the bike’s mechanics. Make sure the tires, brakes, and all fluids are checked. It’s also a good idea to make sure you get fitted for a bike before purchasing one. You could visit a local motorcycle sales center to find out what size is best for you before you make a purchase. You do not want to be out on the road, trying to handle a bike that is too big or too heavy for you.
Wear the right protective gear
This goes without saying, wear a helmet, even when you are driving through a state without helmet laws. Wear the right kind of shoes, like boots that cover your ankles, and consider wearing leather chaps and a jacket to protect your skin should you crash. Another consideration is to wear reflective gear, such as a vest, to make you more visible to other drivers.
Check the weather
Getting caught out in the rain while on your bike is not fun. But, it can also be dangerous. Be sure to check the weather before heading out on a ride. If it is going to rain, sleet or visibility issues may occur, plan accordingly. While it’s best not to go out during these unfavorable conditions, be sure to take extra precautions if you have to ride your motorcycle in poor weather conditions.
When riding a motorcycle, safety comes down to being prepared, knowing what you’re doing, and staying alert. However, we understand that you cannot do anything about the alertness of other drivers, but you can control how your drive and your own safety precautions. If you become injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., at (276) 451-2056 to schedule a free consultation. We provide legal services to the areas of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.