Ride Safe: Essential Motorcycle Tips

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Whether you are an avid motorcycle rider or are new to the world of motorcycling, safety should always be a top priority. Since it’s a short biking season for us on the prairies, we want to take a moment to cover the essentials to riding safe, to ensure you stay protected all summer long. 

Wear the proper gear 

First and foremost, always wear a helmet to protect your head in case of an accident. As outlined by the Government of Alberta, all drivers and passengers on a motorcycle need to wear a helmet. Not wearing one will result in a fine of $155. Your helmet should always meet the standards for motorcycle safety. 

Consider investing in earplugs, especially when travelling on the highway where speeds are higher. This will help keep the noise level down and protect your hearing. 

Always wear protective items that include a jacket, pants, gloves, and boots; all of which should be made of durable materials like leather. Remember to “dress for the slide and not the ride”! 

When riding, there is nothing between you and the road, so ensure you cover as much as your body as possible. It is also important to consider reflective materials to help increase your visibility to other motorists sharing the road with you. 

Check your motorcycle 

For Albertans, your bike has likely been cooped up in the garage for the long winter. Before hitting the road, and before each ride, run a check on your motorcycle. Make sure that your tires are in good condition, brakes are working and that no fluid is leaking. Schedule your bike for routine oil changes, brake inspections, etc. to ensure that it is ready to enjoy all season long.

Be a safe rider 

Following the rules and regulations of the road are even more vital for motorcycle safety. Keep an eye out for potential hazards and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Stay alert and aware of what is happening around you.  

Follow speed limits, and always ride at a speed that is appropriate for the weather conditions. As a rule, assume that other drivers don’t see you, and maneuver through traffic and lanes with care and caution. 

Pay attention to weather 

If you are planning a long ride, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast so you can plan your route and travel times accordingly. Adverse weather conditions are more dangerous for motorcyclists, so be aware of rain, fog, or strong winds. Be sure you adjust your speed when needed, be cautious of slippery surfaces and pull over safely. 

Be prepared 

Keep a first aid kit handy and know what to do should you experience a break down or incident. Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency contacts and a flashlight. Always check your gear, and ask yourself what else might be critical in case of emergency

For other motorists 

Motorcycles are more vulnerable than other vehicles! Therefore, motorists should keep a watchful eye out for them. Always check your blind spot and be cognisant of your surroundings. 

Remember to never use your mobile device while driving, as this is a dangerous practice that can result in a collision or accident. 

We want everyone to enjoy their travels this season! Keeping these safety essentials in mind can help reduce accidents or injuries, which will ensure a safe riding experience for yourself and others. Stay safe, and happy riding!