Motorcycle Safety Tips For New Riders

The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC would like to provide you with some motorcycle safety tips. Yes, the 2011 riding season is about over, but we figured you could keep these tips in the back of your head for the 2012 season!

  1. You don’t drive a motorcycle; you ride it. Many new riders are not aware that in order to turn left, you not only lean into the turn, but you very gently turn the handlebars to the right, and vice versa.
  2.  Keep the motorcycle in just one part of the lane. Oils and grease build up in the center of the road from many years of use.  There is usually better traction on the sides of each lane where car tires normally drive.
  3. You will not always get better mileage. The motorcycle models that are more economical are the 125 to 250 cc models.
  4. Don’t rev the throttle at stops. It uses up extra fuel.
  5. Be sure to you understand the mechanical requirements of your motorcycle and perform regular maintenance. Cars require much less maintenance that motorcycles. Your motorcycle may need tensioning every 500 miles.
  6. Make yourself very noticeable while driving at night. Wear bright clothing and add extra lighting to your motorcycle in order to be as visible as possible.
  7. Watch for drivers who are suddenly turning left. These accidents are the leading death for motorcycle riders.
  8. Try not to drive in adverse weather conditions.
  9. Do not drive while intoxicated.
  10. Always wear a helmet.

Have other tips you would like to add to the list? Comment on this blog and let us know!

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call our Toledo, Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys at toll free 800.637.8170 for a free case evaluation or to request your FREE copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book.

Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC