Five Motorcycle Safety Messages to Remember
1. Get Trained and Licensed - Take an MSF RiderCourseSM and get licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Well, probably not all our readers are able to take an MSF riding course, but the ‘get licensed’ part is certainly a must do. Of course, don’t jump over taking riding courses, since it’s a vital step towards beginning your motorcycling career.
2. Wear Protective Gear - Wear proper protective riding gear, most importantly a helmet made to Department of Transportation standards.
Protective gear is as important as the bike itself. Any motorcyclist should have in mind that wearing just a helmet and gloves is not enough. A proper gear means the minimum helmet, gloves, jacket, pants and boots.
3. Ride Unimpaired - Ride unimpaired, never drink or use other drugs before getting on a motorcycle.
And since riding a motorcycle is already a dangerous way to travel just as it is, having your mind fresh and non-altered by any substance should be a plus.
4. Ride Within Your Limits - Stay within your personal skill limits, never ride faster or farther than your abilities can handle.
Motorcycle crashes are mostly caused by riders with too much confidence in themselves, that think they know everything and nothing can happen to them. Well, don’t be so sure of your abilities, since even experienced riders have accidents once in a while.
5. Be a Lifelong Learner - Be lifelong learners, regularly returning for refresher riding courses.
As they say, ‘the more you know, the better it gets.’
“This is a great time of year, especially for motorcyclists, but they have to be mindful that riding is serious fun,” said MSF President Tim Buche.
“It’s all about riders taking personal responsibility for risk management. Following these five guidelines should be a no-brainer for anyone who wants to enjoy a lifetime of motorcycle riding.”