Think you’re ready for the road?
Find out which rules the best bikers abide by:
- Wear a helmet. It may be optional in some states, but it’s still encouraged. To protect your head, we recommend a full-face helmet that’s been approved by the Department of Transportation (just look for the certification sticker).
- Get the right gear. Put on your pants and boots, and don’t forget a pair of leather gloves.
- Be bright. Brown and black? They both blend in… but you want to stand out. Always make it easy for people to see you and your motorcycle.
- Take a safety class. Fine-tuning your riding skills? It could be required. Register now for a course that’s convenient for you.
- Give a quick glance. Take a look at your bike’s lights, brakes, tire pressure and fluid levels. Is everything in working order? If so, you’re good to go.
- Don’t let brakes break you. When you need to stop for something sudden, train your brain to brake with your foot.
- Be a defensive rider. Not-so-fun fact: When there’s a collision between a motorcycle and a car, the person in the car is usually at fault. That’s why it’s up to you to stay aware of your surroundings.
- Keep your eyes on the road (literally). Whether you’re riding a straight shot or rounding a corner, keep your head up and look to where you want to go.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Remember to scan the horizon ahead for any hazards that may make their way into your path.
- Steer clear of slippery situations. Always be alert. Things like gravel, grass clippings, railroad tracks and the paint on the roads can cause your bike to lose traction.
- Stick to a comfortable speed. Even when you’re riding in a pack, ride at your pace.
- Stretch, rest and refresh. When riding a motorcycle, never ride tired. Instead, stop every 75 miles.
- Stay hydrated, but don’t drink and ride. Any bit of alcohol can slow your reaction time and give you a false sense of confidence.
- Don’t risk riding in the rain. Riding in the rain reduces your stability and visibility… and it hurts. Consider your weather app one of your greatest allies.
- Insure your motorcycle. For more information about motorcycle insurance, find a local, independent agent like Johnson & Associates Insurance near you.
One last tip? When you’re driving, not riding, remember always to look twice because you could save a motorcyclist’s life.
This article orginally appeared on Frankenmuth Insurance. We found this is great advice to stay safe. It’s also important to know what happens if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident before you have one. Motorcycles insurance doesn’t work exactly like other automobiles. Learn what Michigan law says about who pays in a motorcycle accident.