New motorcycle riders need to prepare for their first ride

If you are just now getting into motorcycle riding, you might be eager to jump in quickly. Before you do this, make sure you are taking appropriate safety measures so that you can get home at the end of your ride.

You have to focus on your own motorcycle and riding skills, but don’t forget to pay attention to other drivers. Almost half of fatal motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle wrecks. Around 60 percent of crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle was due to the actions of the other driver. Motorcyclists face an increase of 30 times the risk of being killed in a wreck than people in an enclosed motor vehicle.

Get to know your motorcycle

Every motorcycle has little quirks that you need to know about before you head out on a long ride or one that will involve higher speeds. Take your time getting to know the bike so that you are able to react appropriately when necessary.

It is imperative that you take your abilities and size into account when you purchase your motorcycle. Try to find one that you can easily control and that isn’t too big. Your feet should rest flat on the ground when you are sitting squarely in the seat. You should reach the handlebars and controls without much effort.

Practice your skills

Learn the basics of motorcycle riding before your first major ride. Taking a class that teaches you emergency evasive maneuvers, advanced techniques and basic skills can help you to react appropriately when something happens. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding course is recommended by Consumer Reports. In some cases, you can get a credit for the cost of the motorcycle if you take this course.

Take your time

Rushing can lead to safety issues when you are on a motorcycle. Be sure that you take the riding conditions into account before you leave. If it is raining or the conditions aren’t optimal, leave yourself extra time. Ideally, you would be able to put off the ride until the weather and roads are clear.

Wear proper safety gear

You need to use proper safety gear when riding. The most important thing to put on is your helmet. The other gear you need is all aimed at protecting your body. A t-shirt and jeans might be comfortable to wear, but they offer little protection. Instead, go for riding pants, a reinforced jacket and high-top boots. This can help to prevent you from suffering road rash if you are thrown from the motorcycle. Don’t forget gloves and eye protection, if necessary.

If you are involved in a motorcycle wreck, make sure you get medical care for your injuries. Seeking compensation from the person who caused the accident may be in order.

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