By Samuetta Hill Drew
We ended last week saying we would review this week how to purchase the best helmet and continue to highlight other safety tips for motorcyclists. So, with this being said, let’s zoom straight in!
When shopping for a motorcycle helmet consider one that is a full-face helmet with a visor. This helmet type is best for both your head and eyes. Manufacturers have encouraged bikers to wear helmets by making them in a lightweight material which is far more comfortable than the old heavy helmets. Helmets now come in many different styles and colors appealing to the bikers’ different personalities.
Always make sure you look for either the DOT or SNELL sticker inside or outside the helmet. This sticker means the helmet meets the safety standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation standards. The Snell Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards.
It is recommended that you inspect your motorcycle each time before riding. You want to ensure it is as safe as possible. Check your clutch and throttle to make sure they’re working smoothly. The throttle should snap back when released. Make sure your mirror is cleaned and adjust as needed for the sharpest viewing. Check both your front and rear brakes to ensure they feel firm and hold the motorcycle still when fully applied. Test your horn for obvious reasons. Also check your headlights, taillights, turn signals, fuel, oil, tire pressure and handlebars.
It is imperative you obey all traffic rules, use your signals and drive the legal speed limits. These precautionary safety measures aid in the prevention of accidents. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety estimated in 2009 that 48 percent of motorcyclist deaths were caused by excessive speed.
Make sure you remain visible to the other drivers. Don’t just assume the driver sees you. Some recommended ways to remain visible include avoid other driver’s blind spots, drive with your headlights on even during daylight hours, wear reflective or brightly colored clothing and always use your turn signals as well as hand signals.
Do not tailgate, remain at a safe distance. It is recommended bikers stay at least four seconds away from the vehicle in front of you. This distance allows you to stop in an emergency situation.
Other safety measures bikers should adhere to when riding is be very observant and watch for road hazards. Sand, oil, and gravel make you lose traction. Bumps and potholes are also dangerous. When crossing railroad tracks do so at the appropriate angle.
The last safety tip to help Keep an Eye on Safety for motorcyclists is to carry a first-aid kit.