Motorcycle Safety Month

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Did you know that June is Motorcycle Safety Month?

The weather here in Ohio is finally starting to warm up, which means its time for everyone who prefers two wheels under them to switch vehicles! Make sure you are current on your motorcycle insurance by calling you Stolly agent, if you are looking into purchasing one and curious on the price of motorcycle insurance, we would love to give you a quote. Before you head on for a ride, make sure you are aware of these safety tips!

Always wear the right gear! As tempting as is, riding on a warm day without your helmet can be dangerous, yeah you may think you look good, but road rash is a little less desirable! Make sure you have a DOT approved helmet, this is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself and your passenger safe. Here are a few other things that you can wear to keep yourself safe this summer.

  • Gloves. It may seem like overkill, but your first instinct is to reach out to try to catch yourself if you would ever fall. You have a better chance at actually doing that if you are wearing gloves.
  •  A good jacket. A leather jacket will help prevent that lovely road rash we talked about, and come on, who doesn’t look cooler in a leather jacket? If leather isn’t your thing, there are plenty of companies that make padded jackets that are made specifically for people who don’t like bulky jackets, you just have to find one that you like!
  • Find he right shoes. When you are trying to keep that much metal upright, and also shifting its important that you have reliable shoes on. I don’t suggest going out in flip flops, try finding a boot with good ankle support in a durable material.

Ride to your ability. If you are new to riding I wouldn’t try taking that cross country trip just yet. Practice makes perfect, and its the same with riding a motorcycle. Take a riding class or safety course through a bike shop, or dealership, that way you can learn in a controlled area with an instructor to help you.

Be aware of the traffic around you. Some of the worst accidents we see is when a motorist doesn’t see a motorcycle and the rider is hit. You can tell a motorist to look twice a million times, but accidents are still going to happen. Its important that a rider is always aware of the traffic around them, never assume that a motorist sees you, always drive defensively.

For more information, tips, and to find safety courses near you, you can visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website HERE.