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Motorcycle safety basics

There's nothing like cruising on your motorcycle on the open road. The wind and salty air make for a perfect combination.

Before you grab your bike for another cruise down the coast, consider some tips to keep you and those around you safe on the open road.

 

Wear protective gear

There are all kinds of arguments that people will use not to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Florida law even allows for riders over the age of 21 to choose whether to wear a helmet, but no matter what your reason, the helmet does a great job at protecting your head.

Protective gear for riding a motorcycle is wearing more than just a helmet. Consider wearing leather pants and a leather jacket to protect your body in the event of a crash. Leather gloves and boots will also make your motorcycle adventure a safer one.

Be visible

Motorcycles can be hard to see no matter what kind of car someone is driving. They're smaller and they fit into a blind spot very easily. Motorcycles also have the amazing ability to zip in and out of traffic in the blink of an eye.

When you're on your bike, be sure that you're able to see the mirrors of the cars and trucks around you. Stay out of blind spots as much as possible.

Stay in control

While it might be fun to push the limits of what your bike can do, it's important to stay in control. Nearly 25 percent of all motorcycle deaths in Florida involve speeding. The faster you're going, the more time you need to react to something that happens in front of you.

Be watchful

Everyone on the road shares the responsibility to see and be seen. On a motorcycle, the stakes are even higher since a motorcyclist usually gets the bigger injury when there's a crash. As you're out on the open road, be sure that you're focused on what is going on around you and, if possible, even a few cars ahead of you, so that you know what might be coming.

Know your limits

It may not be the plan to have to deal with rain and inclement weather. But if you're new to motorcycling, and you aren't comfortable with riding in the rain, call for a ride. You don't want to find out half way through the ride that you don't know how to navigate slippery conditions.

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