With warmer days and everyone being cooped up because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is normal to be excited to get out on the open road.
But don’t forget to use caution and be alert.
Both motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of their surroundings. Checking blind spots, mirrors and using turn signals are necessary when changing lanes and when passing. Distracted driving has been on the rise the last few years. Being distracted for a few seconds can be the difference of seeing a motorcyclist or not. Don’t let that text message change your life forever!
Riders need to take precautions too, freshen up on your riding skills with a driving course or just practice emergency stopping or figure eights in an empty parking lot. Don’t forget to gear up from head to too, helmet (that fits properly), gloves, Leather/textile jacket, motorcycle pants, and boots.
Don’t trust that the drivers of the other vehicle see you, inattentional blindness, or a person’s failure to notice an unexpected object located in plain sight, the most common type of collision involving motorcycles.
Always have your bike is good riding condition (pre-season checklist) and look out for road hazards such as dirt and potholes.
Both motorists and motorcyclist should recognize driving hazards at all time, be safe and have fun.