Motorcycle accidents are all too common. The number of distractions have only increased over the years. Most motorcyclists accept that there is some degree of risk involved with riding. You can reduce that risk with these nine motorcycle safety tips.
The rules of the road may be a little different for motorcyclists. For example, New Jersey requires all motorcyclists to have a state endorsement or license to ride. Helmets, insurance, and eye protection are also required in New Jersey. The state also prohibits motorcyclists from riding one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. Knowing these laws can help keep you safe.
Choosing the right bike is also important in staying safe. Motorcycles come in all different sizes, power levels, and ease of use. It’s important to consider things like your riding style, size, and preference when choosing the right bike. While the look of the bike may be important to you, it shouldn’t be the only consideration.
Protective gear can keep you safe if you’re in an accident. Not only does the state require all riders to wear a helmet, but they also require protective eyewear. In addition to always wearing protective gear, choosing products that are better quality can protect you even more.
New Jersey weather can change in minutes. It’s always a good idea to check the weather before leaving your house.
Distractions are dangerous, whether you’re driving a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or walking down the road. Avoiding distractions can help to keep you safe.
Alcohol and drugs reduce your ability to drive defensively. Riding while over 0.08% BAC is illegal and can lead to DWI charges. But, even riding with a BAC under this can have an impact on your ability to ride safely. It may be best to leave the motorcycle at home when visiting a local bar or attending a party with alcohol.
Motorcycle maintenance is important. This includes frequent oil and tire changes. It also means making repairs as soon as they’re necessary.
Having a backup plan when you have had too much to drink or a thunderstorm rolls in is a great way to stay safe. Download a rideshare app on your phone or select a friend or family member who would be willing to come to get you if it’s not safe to ride.
Defensive driving is the practice of being aware and taking steps to avoid an accident. Even taking note of these safety tips and thinking about them each time you ride can be a type of defensive driving.
Motorcycling in New Jersey can be fun when you keep certain safety and prevention tips in mind. Stay aware of your surroundings, brush up on New Jersey’s laws, choose the right equipment, and always have a backup plan for when it’s not safe to ride.
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