15 motorcycle safety tips.

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Think you’re ready for the road?

Find out which rules the best bikers abide by:

  1. Wear a helmet. It may be optional in some states, but it’s still encouraged. To protect your head, we recommend a full-face helmet that’s been approved by the Department of Transportation (just look for the certification sticker).
  2. Get the right gear. Put on your pants and boots, and don’t forget a pair of leather gloves.
  3. Be bright. Brown and black? They both blend in… but you want to stand out. Always make it easy for people to see you and your motorcycle.
  4. Take a safety class. Fine-tuning your riding skills? It could be required. Register now for a course that’s convenient for you.
  5. Give a quick glance. Take a look at your bike’s lights, brakes, tire pressure and fluid levels. Is everything in working order? If so, you’re good to go.
  6. Don’t let brakes break you. When you need to stop for something sudden, train your brain to brake with your foot.
  7. Be a defensive rider. Not-so-fun fact: When there’s a collision between a motorcycle and a car, the person in the car is usually at fault. That’s why it’s up to you to stay aware of your surroundings.
  8. Keep your eyes on the road (literally). Whether you’re riding a straight shot or rounding a corner, keep your head up and look to where you want to go.
  9. Be aware of your surroundings. Remember to scan the horizon ahead for any hazards that may make their way into your path.
  10. Steer clear of slippery situations. Always be alert. Things like gravel, grass clippings, railroad tracks and the paint on the roads can cause your bike to lose traction.
  11. Stick to a comfortable speed. Even when you’re riding in a pack, ride at your pace.
  12. Stretch, rest and refresh. When riding a motorcycle, never ride tired. Instead, stop every 75 miles.
  13. Stay hydrated, but don’t drink and ride. Any bit of alcohol can slow your reaction time and give you a false sense of confidence.
  14. Don’t risk riding in the rain. Riding in the rain reduces your stability and visibility… and it hurts. Consider your weather app one of your greatest allies.
  15. Insure your motorcycle. For more information about motorcycle insurance, find a local, independent agent near you.

One last tip? When you’re driving, not riding, remember to always look twice, because you could save a motorcyclist’s life.