Motorcycle safety is a growing concern not only in the Commonwealth, but nationwide. More and more people are turning to motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation. When ridership increases, risk increases. Below are a few tips that can improve your level of safety:
- Be Safe.
- Conduct a pre-ride check to identify any mechanical defects that could jeopardize your safety.
- Be Visible.
- Signal your intentions
- Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
- Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
- Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
- Dress for Safety.
- Wear a D.O.T. approved helmet and eye protection.
- Wear bright colored clothing, over the ankle foot protection, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and full-fingered gloves.
- Use Common Sense.
- Keep a safe distance from other motorists and give yourself enough time to react to dangerous situations.
- Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
- Avoid weaving between lanes.
- Ride Unimpaired.
- Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- If someone has had too much to drink, intervene.
- Be Courteous and Responsible.
- Respect other drivers.
- Don’t speed; know the local traffic laws and rules of the road.
- Be Prepared. Practice.
- Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic.
- Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
- Find out more about Pennsylvania’s free Motorcycle Safety Program.
- Read fellow riders’ safety tips and share your own at www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com.