As temperatures steadily begin to rise, so will the prevalence of summer activities. Among those beloved summertime hobbies are exciting and adventurous motorcycle rides.
The roadways of Maine provide a stunning backdrop for riders looking for exploration and relaxation. These roadways do, however, have to be shared not only with other motorcyclists, but also with the drivers of cars and trucks. It is an unfortunate fact that motorcycle accidents increase as the weather warms and more drivers hit the highways.
Maine winter drivers do not encounter motorcycles on the road, so it may take time to adjust and pay attention to motorcycles when they appear again in spring and summer.
Summer Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle riders are responsible to drive safely and to share the road with other vehicles. Here are some areas to consider when preparing to hit the road:
Training: Ride the type of bike you have been properly trained to operate.
Visibility: Drivers may not always see or hear your bike. You may be more visible if you are traveling in a group of bikes Bright clothing increases visibility.
Clothing: Think about safety gear. Have you considered a helmet, goggles, elbow and knee pads? Have you considered the possible benefits of long pants and a long sleeved jacket?
Defense: Drive defensively. Plan ahead for the unexpected and do everything possible to avoid a collision.
Antilock brakes: According to Consumer Reports, antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver and help the driver better control the bike in an emergency situation.
Tips for Other Drivers
For all other types of drivers, be mindful that motorcycle riders will be on the roadways now that winter is over. Here are some additional items to keep in mind:
Awareness: Be aware of all other vehicles including motorcycles. Share the road with the bikes.
Stopping: Bikes can be slower in coming to a stop than other types of vehicles. Give your vehicle enough distance in all directions from the bike.
Blind spots: Because of their smaller size, bikes can be more difficult to see than other vehicles. Always double-check your mirrors.
Distractions: Never drive distracted.
Perception: Because of its smaller size, a bike might look further away from you than it really is. A bike might also appear to be moving more slowly than it really is.
All the safety tips in the world will not prevent motorcycle accidents. If you are injured in an accident, you will need a qualified attorney to represent you in order to ensure your medical bills and other expenses are recovered. Contact the Law Offices of Fales & Fales, P.A. today if you or someone you know needs legal representation after an accident.