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What are some safety tips for first time motorcyclists?

Riding a motorcycle is no doubt a thrilling experience. However, riders face a myriad of risks on the road, especially when they lack experience. Geico explains the safety steps you must take when operating a motorcycle, which might prevent a serious accident from occurring. 

Wear the right gear

You should wear a helmet even if it's not mandatory according to the laws where you live. When choosing a helmet, pick one that offers the most protection. This should include a face shield, which protects you against flying debris. In terms of clothing, opt for long sleeves and pants made from rugged materials that will hold up in the event of a crash. Good boots are also important, especially those with ample ankle support. 

Make defensive driving a constant

Defensive driving is a group of behaviors that allow you to remain alert and aware of any potential hazards. Steer clear of other vehicle's blind spots, as drivers of passenger vehicles have a hard time recognizing motorcyclists on the road. In the same token, keep your headlights on at all times, as this can increase awareness of your presence. When changing lanes or turning, signal every time well before you plan on making the intended maneuver. Also, don't automatically assume other drivers can see you, even if you have the right of way. 

Make sure your bike is road-ready

Mechanical failure may also contribute to your accident risk. Before heading out, check our bike's headlights, signals, and tires. You should also check fluid levels. If you notice any stains under the bike talk with a mechanic about a potential leak. Before getting on the road, be sure to actually mount the motorcycle to test things like the clutch and brakes. While you can't always prevent an accident from occurring, you can do your part to mitigate your risk. 

 

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