Motorcycle accidents are dangerous on many levels. Not only are you more likely to sustain an injury in a motorcycle accident than a car accident (in 2006, studies showed that there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents) but they can also be costly to insure. To make sure that you are safe on your motorcycle and your premiums stay low, here are some tips on how to enjoy your motorcycle and stay away from danger:
- Always Wear a Helmet: Helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head injury in a motorcycle accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for 37 out of 100 motorcycle fatalities could be prevented if the riders were wearing a helmet. Make sure your helmet meets the Department of Transportation standards, and keep one available for passengers as well.
- Get Professional Training: Professional training can help save your life, as more than 90 percent of bikers who are involved in a motorcycle accident are self taught, or learned how to ride from a friend.
- Wear Protective Clothing: Goggles, sunglasses, a jacket, gloves, long pants and boots can all be used to protect yourself from injuries like road rash.
- Maintain Your Bike: Make sure to keep your bike in good working condition, frequently checking your brakes, tires, and lights.
- Know Your Skill Level: Before you enter the main roads, make sure you are prepared. As a new rider, going on a busy highway is not the best place to test your new skills.
By keeping these things in mind, you will be more likely to stay safe on the roadways with your motorcycle. Even if you are being careful though, it is important to have insurance, as accidents can happen. Contact Lock Insurance today to learn more about our motorcycle insurance plans.