Springtime is here again, and, for so many motorcyclists across the country, it is time to dust off their rides that haven’t been used since the weather went south. If you’re feeling the same way and can’t wait to get back on the road again, then we ask that you first take a quick minute to learn a few springtime safety tips that every motorcyclist should know. With a little extra precaution, you can drop your chances of getting into a bad motorcycle accident.
Five motorcycle tips for the spring are:
- Maintenance: As mentioned, cold weather does not make for the most comfortable motorcycle rides, so many motorcyclists put away their bikes for the winter. If you also switched to a passenger car when the weather was cold, then it is time to bring your bike in for maintenance. Months of disuse can cause slight issues with the motor, brakes, electrical systems, etc. that you should address before going far. Your ride can benefit from annual checkups anyway, so you might want to plan them for the start of spring.
- Wet weather: In many parts of the country, the spring means an increase in rainy days. Wet roads are less safe for all motorists, but motorcyclists, in particular, can face an increased risk of crashing due to slick asphalt. Whenever you ride in the spring, check the weather reports to see if you should be expecting April showers.
- New construction: Motorcyclists aren’t the only ones who leave “hibernation” during the spring, road construction crews do, too. Many roadway improvement projects and highway expansions are planned in the spring when there are more daylight hours and clearer weather. Don’t get surprised by new construction in your area. Instead, check local reports and plan your route to stay away from construction zones, where accidents are more likely due to the busier location.
- Safety gear: A properly fitted U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet and protective clothing – like a leather jacket and denim jeans – are necessities when riding. Fill out a gear checklist before you ride. Try on every piece of protective clothing, including your helmet, to assure it still fits properly. Invest in new items as needed.
- Headlights: Don’t forget to keep your headlights on whenever you are riding. The clear, bright weather of a perfect spring day can make it seem like you don’t need to use your headlights, but don’t be fooled. Headlights are crucial for increasing your visibility in all weather conditions. Approaching vehicles will be much more likely to notice your motorcycle if your headlight is on.
If you get into a motorcycle accident in Alabama, Guster Law Firm, LLC can help you understand your rights and file a claim. From our office in Birmingham, we can assist clients throughout the state and nationwide. Contact us today to learn more.