As summer quickly approaches, there’s no better time to hop on the back of your motorcycle and go for a ride. For many, riding motorcycles isn’t just a mode of transportation; it’s a hobby and a way to unwind. But while riding a motorcycle can undoubtedly prove relaxing, it can also prove dangerous. That’s why it is so important to take the proper precautions before you ride. Here are some tips for staying safe on your motorcycle this summer.
- Always Wear the Right Gear
Proper gear for motorcycles can actually change from season to season. From your helmet and gloves to your footwear and eye gear, what you can wear in the summer is much lighter. So while you may have the urge to go without wearing the proper items, the right summer items can keep you not only cooler, but also safer too.
- Check the Weather Before You Leave
While there may be nicer weather in the summertime, that doesn’t mean that every day is great riding weather. It is important to check the weather before you go. You’ll want to know if there is extreme heat, heavy rain, or strong winds in the forecast before you get on the road. Even if it looks nice outside, the weather could change throughout the day. By looking ahead you’ll never be under- (or over-) dressed.
- Respect the Laws of the Road
It’s important to always respect the rules of the road, just as though you were driving any other vehicle. Defensive driving can save your life. Always keep your distance, take into consideration the weather conditions, and assume that you cannot be seen.
- Check Your Tires
Tire pressure can drop significantly over the course of the winter. Tires with lower pressure have a negative effect on your ability to handle the motorcycle. Always check your tires before driving. You should also remain conscious of the tread on your tires. If your tread is worn or rotting even a small amount, it’s time to replace your tires.
- Always Maintain Your Brakes
Maintenance of your brakes is one of the most important things for your motorcycle. As such, you should squeeze your front brake lever and also press on the rear brake pedal to ensure both brakes are working properly. You should also check regularly to ensure that you have adequate levels of brake fluid. Finally, using a flashlight, take a peek at the calipers on your front and rear brakes in order to determine the amount of remaining brake pad material. If you are unsure as to whether your brake pads are too worn, err on the side of caution and replace them.
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