Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, and you’ve finally found the bike of your dreams, passed your driving test, and are can’t wait to get out on the open road. Whether this describes you perfectly or you’re a seasoned rider, you know you’re taking a risk when riding a motorcycle that’s a little different than driving a car.
At Peralta, we understand your passion for riding motorcycles. We also want you to be as safe as possible while riding. Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating injuries, and while many accidents aren’t under your control there are things you can do to avoid accidents and injuries.
Get the Right Gear
Whether you’re a Harley fan or prefer the sleek design of a Kawasaki, you’re likely going for a specific look on your bike. From jackets to boots, your favorite motorcycle brand sells it all and it’s not just there for show.
Protective gear can mean the difference between life and death if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. Before you go out on your first ride, make sure you’re equipped with the following:
- Leather jacket
- Leather pants or chaps
- Boots with thick soles
This last piece of equipment is the most important of all and also the one piece that many riders fail to wear. Helmets are crucial to preventing devastating injuries like concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries. Wearing a helmet can also save your life. A rider who doesn’t wear a helmet is actually five times more likely to experience a head injury in an accident.
Take Care of Your Bike
After you’re equipped with all the right gear, you’ll want to make sure your bike has everything it needs too. Motorcycles require different maintenance than a typical car or truck, and keeping them in working order can help you avoid an accident.
Every time you get on your bike you should check tires, headlights and taillights, fluid levels, and signs of gas leaks. You should also check your mirrors, brakes, and of course the clutch and throttle. If you feel something isn’t quite right, take your bike in for a service check. Making sure your bike is running in top condition can help you avoid equipment failure on the road and ultimately save your life and the lives of others.
Hone Your Skills
To help keep yourself and other drivers safe, it’s also important that you ride defensively and keep up on your riding skills. Because you’re completely exposed while riding your motorcycle, it’s paramount that you stay aware of your surroundings and watch out for other drivers.
To practice driving defensively, make sure you do the following:
- Avoid driver’s blind spots
- Signal before turning
- Keep your headlights on
- Follow the rules of the road
- Never ride around stopped traffic
To keep your riding skills sharp, you can take advantage of refresher courses offered by motorcycle shops or the DMV. You should also never ride while you’re impaired in any way,
including when you’re tired.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident even after following these tips, know that it’s not your fault. You can’t control the actions of others. At Peralta Chiropractic, we’re here to help you get back on your bike whether you’re recovering from neck pain or whiplash. Give our experts a call today.