4 tips for riding a motorcycle in the summer

The summer is nearly here, and that means it's prime time for motorcyclists to head out on the roads. The hot weather makes longer rides comfortable, and sunny days with low winds and few rains keep your trips moving as planned.

Of course, there are some risks that face those who head out on a motorcycle. It's important to review some safety tips before you next get on your ride. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Recognizing risks helps you mitigate them

Don't head out without taking an inventory of your motorcycle and mitigating any technical or mechanical risks. Is a light out? Take time to replace it. Is the tire moving oddly? Have it looked at by a professional. Taking the time to make sure your motorcycle is in the best condition possible helps you avoid accidents caused by malfunctions.

2. Assess the weather

The weather on any given day has the potential to change rapidly. Make sure to look at the forecast before you head out. It's probably best to leave motorcycling to dry, warm-weather days instead of trying to navigate a windy thunderstorm. By keeping track of the weather conditions as they change, you can avoid being on the road when there's a higher risk of injury.

Another thing to consider is the temperature. If you wear riding gear, you should have breathable fabrics that prevent you from overheating. If you're wearing leather, make sure to drink plenty of water and to take time to cool off on longer rides. Heat exhaustion could become a serious problem quickly, especially in the summer.

3. Watch out for poor drivers

Dangerous drivers are a motorcyclist's enemies. Always keep an eye out for drivers who are speeding, looking away from the road or weaving. If you see drivers attempting to pull out of a side street ahead of you, slow down and make sure they see you. One of the most common accidents that causes injuries to motorcyclists is caused by drivers who turn left in front of motorcyclists they didn't see.

4. Be in control

It's up to you to be in control of your motorcycle. Take a safety course and remember not to speed. Don't drink before you get on your motorcycle, and never carry more passengers than your motorcycle is designed for.

Keeping these tips in mind can help you stay safe this summer. If you're impacted by a dangerous driver, you do have a right to file a claim and seek compensation.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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