Riding a motorcycle for the first time can be both exhilarating and frightening. While you crave the wind in your face, you don’t desire to experience the severe repercussions of a rookie mistake. It is pertinent to your safety to take precautions and make sure you are completely ready to ride.
At Kurt Arbuckle, P.C., the last thing we want is for you to become a victim of a motorcycle accident due to being unprepared. While researching motorcycles safety, I came across this beginner’s motorcycle guide. Here are some valuable tips:
- Wear the right gear. First things first, you must wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Best Beginner Motorcycle suggests wearing a full-face helmet because, statistically, you are more likely to hit the front of the helmet than the back. You also need gloves.
- If you fall, you are going to naturally try to save yourself with your hands. When purchasing gloves, try to find some that will also protect your wrists. You also need to make sure you are wearing boots when riding. Your gym shoes won’t make the cut. Also, always wear long pants.
- Do not teach yourself to ride. 92% of riders involved in accidents taught themselves to ride or relied on a friend or family member for training. It may be hard to believe, but riding a motorcycle is not just like riding a bike.
To avoid joining this statistic, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation new riders’ course. The MSF course involves learning in the classroom and on the road. It is required by Texas law to take this course before becoming a licensed motorist. The MSF should give you every tool you need to pass the riding license exam. Don’t rely on your neighbor to teach you the ways of the motorcycle.
For more information on motorcycle safety and accident injuries, contact an experienced Houston motorcycle accident attorney.