Motorcyclists know that riding gives them a freedom that driving a car just can’t match. But the best riders also know that motorcycles require more focus to operate and don’t provide the same protections cars do in the event of a crash. The best riders also take great care in all situations, whether they’re in heavy traffic on US41, stuck in the rain or just taking a quick ride on a perfect day. The following tips are a great way to ensure you are a safer rider.

* Wear proper safety gear and, most importantly, a helmet – no matter how short your trip may be.
* Make sure you can be seen by other motorists. Make it easier for them by wearing reflective clothing, alway using turn signals (and perhaps hand signals as well) and keeping your headlight on at all times.
* Even when taking the above precautions, stay alert and assume that other drivers don’t see you – especially at intersections and when making lane changes or passing.
* Be patient. don’t tailgate, and if someone is tailgating you, get out of their way.
* Don’t ride after drinking or taking any mdedications that could impair your abilities.

RIDING AT NIGHT

* Again, make sure you are visible – particularly at dusk. Consider upgrading your lighting.
* Your vision needs to be clear, so keep our visor or goggles clean and free from scratches. If you don’t currently use eye protection, strongly consider it.
* Carry a flashlight or other emergency gear with you so a mechanical problem doesn’t leave you stranded – and invisible – on the side of a dark road.

BAD WEATHER

* Keep rain and cold-weather gear handy, Riding isn’t just more enjoyable when you’re warm and dry – it’s safer, too.
* Use extreme caution when it first begins to rain, as the roads are most slick at that point. Pull over and wait if necessary. It’s better to be late than ride in unsafe conditions.

We wish that all of your rides could be on sunnny days with wide-open roads, but we know that’s not going to happen. So think about safety every time you start up your bike!