Now that summer is in full swing, more and more motorcycle riders are venturing out for rides throughout New Jersey. New and experienced riders always are more at risk than motorists for being involved in a serious accident. In fact, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be in an accident than automotive drivers and are 27% more likely to die in a vehicle crash because they don’t have the full protection motorists do when driving.
To avoid becoming involved in a devasting crash, motorcyclists always need to practice safe riding, which includes these seven essential tips:
- Wear a properly sized helmet. New Jersey requires motorcycle riders over the age of 17 to wear helmets because of how much they reduce the risk of serious rider injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), motorcyclists who wear helmet reduce their risk of death in an accident by 37% and reduce the risk of a head injury by 69%.
- Wear other protective gear, such as a motorcycle jacket, gloves and boots. Also, wear bright reflective clothing that will make you more visible to motorists.
- Never drink alcohol before riding.
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Watch for road hazards, such as loose gravel, potholes, manhole covers or oil slicks, that might send your bike into a spin.
- Don’t speed or weave in and out of traffic lanes.
- If you are riding with a friend or group, stagger your riding formation to allow yourselves more room to maneuver if needed.
Motorcycling can take you on some very scenic roads, discovering off-the-beaten path beauty and adventure. By practicing safe riding practices, you are more likely to avoid being involved in an accident, which will give you a full summer season of riding fun.