Owning and riding a motorcycle can be fun and freeing, but also very dangerous. The Governors Highway Safety Association claims that motorcyclist’s deaths increased 9% in 2012 in the United States alone. So what can you do to prevent unnecessary injury to both you and your bike?
American Tri-Star Auto Insurance wants to protect and serve you however we can, which is why we have compiled a list of ways you can enjoy your next ride as safely as possible.
- Always wear a helmet, even if not required by law. While California riders are required to sport a helmet, not all states are alike. When picking out your head gear, make sure it has the “DOT” Certified sticker.
- All Gear, all the time. Commonly referred to as AGATT by motorcyclist, this practice is important for protecting you from head to toe during a ride. So what does this entail? You should be sporting eye protection, sturdy gloves, a jacket with CE approved armor, riding pants, and protective boots.
- Don’t impair your senses. On a motorcycle you have to be keenly aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not slow your reaction time by adding alcohol, drugs, or loud music into the mix.
- Take a safety course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers Rider Courses at Palomar College, where you can take classes ranging from beginner to advance. If you pass the “Basic Rider Course” you also get a leg-up when trying to obtain your motorcycle license.
- Increase your visibility. The more people see you, the less likely they are to hit you. Wear bright (or Hi-Viz) gear, always have the lights of your bike on, and avoid a car’s blind spot.
Last but not least, make sure you’re insured. American Tri-Star can get you the best San Diego motorbike insurance rates over the phone in just minutes. Call 619-272-2100 to speak to a insurance representative now!