Did you know that May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month? The warmer summer months of San Diego means there will be more motorcyclists on the road, so May is a good time for a refresher on motorcycle safety. Here are a few tips from motorcycle insurance provider, American Tri-Star San Diego:
Test Your Knowledge
Statistics have shown that over 90 percent of the riders involved in accidents had not had formal training. They either tried to teach themselves or they learned from a friend or family member. Make safety a priority and take one of the many available courses about motorcycle safety. Doing so not only makes you a better rider, but may even help you save on your motorcycle insurance rates in San Diego.
Wear Protective Gear
That means a helmet, gloves, boots, or shoes that cover the ankles, sturdy pants, and a protective long-sleeved jacket or shirt. Protective gear will safeguard the rider in case of an accident, and keep them comfortable in most weather conditions. Gloves will help the rider keep a good grip even if their hands are sweaty or wet. Brightly colored clothing will also make the rider more visible to others.
Don’t Ride Under the Influence
46 percent of motorcyclists who were killed in crashes were under the influence of alcohol. Statistics show that having any alcohol in one’s body makes it five times as likely that the rider will crash their motorcycle. Alcohol and drugs reduce a rider’s ability to spot potential trouble or react appropriately to a situation so it’s important to never ride while under the influence.
Follow Best Practices for Riding with a Passenger
Taking a passenger only on a motorcycle built to accommodate a passenger and making sure the passenger wears protective gear including a helmet are some of the most important rules of the road. Novice riders should not take passengers under any circumstances, and neither should anybody with a new motorcycle.
These are just a few of the easiest ways to practice motorcycle safety. Stay safe on the road and give us a call at (619) 272-2100 or click here if you’re interested in learning more about affordable motorcycle insurance in San Diego, CA.