Michigan Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcycle accidents are down below 5,000 deaths for 2018 (https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety), but motorcyclists are still more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. About 28 times more likely than a car occupant. Below are some tips to increase safety:

 

Have a proper License

Riding a motorcycle requires different skills and knowledge from driving a car. About a third of motorcycle fatalities in 2017 involved bikers without a license. Getting a license involves getting training that could save your life. Here is a list of locations in the west Michigan area where you can get training: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_46351_61092-275331–,00.html

 

Wear Proper Protection

If you’re involved in a serious accident, your best hope is wearing proper protection, and that starts with a DOT approved helmet. For help choosing the right helmet, click here. Additionally, arms and legs should be covered with leather or heavy denim. Feet should be protected with shoes or boots that cover the ankles. High visibility gloves can help other motorists on the road see you, and protect your hands in the event of a collision. Wearing clothes with reflective strips can also make you more visible to other drivers on the road. 

 

Be Responsible

Experienced riders value safety. They follow the laws, including the speed limit, traffic signals. They ride defensively and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Being safe and making responsible choices starts with you. That means staying sober when you’re going to be riding a motorcycle. 

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