motorcycle safety tipsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Both motorcyclists and drivers of cars and trucks should be cautious at all times when operating their vehicles. If you are going to be riding a motorcycle this spring and summer, now is the perfect time to review some important safety tips.

Helmets Save Lives

Always wear a helmet, no matter how experienced a motorcyclist you are. Wearing a helmet saves hundreds of motorcyclists’ lives every year, and hundreds of people die who likely would have survived if they had been wearing helmets. A motorcycle rider who is not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in an accident than a rider who is wearing a helmet. A full-face helmet can provide the best protection for your head and eyes. You should also wear protective clothing, such as leather or synthetic gloves, long pants, a jacket, and boots that cover your ankles.

How to Improve Visibility

Most accidents involving cars and motorcycles occur because the driver of the car did not see the motorcycle. Use your headlamp at all times, day and night, to make it easier for drivers in other vehicles to see your motorcycle. Wear a jacket in a bright color, such as red, orange, or yellow, to make yourself more visible. Position your motorcycle in a way that will make it easier for other drivers to see you. Drive with an offensive/defensive stance. Assume that other drivers cannot see you and be extra careful when driving near other vehicles.

Insurance Coverage for Your Motorcycle

Take a course to learn or refresh your memory about safe motorcycle riding habits. It could save your life and could also help you get a discount on motorcycle insurance.

If you upgrade or customize your motorcycle, make sure your insurance coverage reflects those changes. Some companies offer coverage for custom parts, but you need to notify your insurance company of the modifications.

Taking safety precautions can prevent many accidents, but they cannot keep you completely safe at all times. You still need motorcycle insurance in case you are involved in a collision. If you need a quote for motorcycle insurance, contact Petruzelo Insurance today.