The first ride of the year is right around the corner for many motorcyclists. The first ride, which refers to the first motorcycle ride of the season, can also be one of the most dangerous rides. Motorcyclists may forget the rules of the road, and when you compare this with a motorcycle that has been sitting for many months without maintenance, it can be dangerous.
Follow these tips for a safe first ride this year:
A pre-ride motorcycle inspection helps you identify any problems before getting on the road. If your motorcycle has been sitting in the garage since fall, you may need to replace the battery or check the tires. You may even decide to take it in for a professional inspection and preventative maintenance services.
Make sure you have the safety gear you need for your first ride. New Jersey law requires all motorists to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet. Locate your gear and make sure it still fits. Try to make it a point to always wear your safety gear, especially on the first ride of the year.
Reminding yourself of the rules of the road can be helpful before getting on a motorcycle this year. Always ride defensively, keeping in mind that drivers may be less aware of motorcycles in the spring months. Never assume that a vehicle nearby can see you, and always look for a safe route out. Enrolling in a defensive driving course can also help to refresh your memory.
Spring weather in New Jersey can be unpredictable. One minute, it may be sunny and warm, and the next, it’s pouring rain. Because the temperatures are still capable of dropping to freezing cold at night, freezing rain is still a possibility for a few more weeks. The unpredictable weather can lead to dangerous driving conditions for motorcyclists.
With a little extra safety precautions and an annual inspection, you’ll be ready to go. There’s nothing like the first ride of the season.
If this is your first season riding, these safety tips still apply. Whether you’re buying a new or used motorcycle, it’s always a good idea to do a full inspection before riding. Riding in spring is a different experience than riding in summer. You may need extra layers to help accommodate weather changes, and you may need alternative plans if the weather changes.
Other drivers may be less careful when it comes to motorcyclists on the road since they probably haven’t seen them all winter. This means taking safety into your own hands is the best plan.
It’s also important to know what to do if you’re in a motorcycle accident. First, always receive medical care. Then, notify the local police and consider contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer.
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