WTNH– This time of year there are a lot more motorcycles on the road. The Department of Motor Vehicles offers tips for staying safe while traveling on a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Be Safe From the Start- anticipate problems that may occur and prepare and pack for your trip by bringing water, extra clothing, a map of the area you’re driving, or other items that might be necessary, depending on your trip.
- Include safety basics particularly a first-aid kit, and a charged mobile phone if possible.
- Make sure your bike is well-maintained and checked, and that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are in working order.
- Make sure any passengers are properly seated on the bike. This means sitting squarely on the center of the seat with feet on footpegs and hands holding handlebars or the rider.
- Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices, which can divert your attention, even with hands-free functionality.
- Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road.
- Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
- Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
- Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
- Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some real rest.
- Don’t follow too close. The general rule of thumb for driving is one car-length, but it never hurts to extend the buffer between yourself and the vehicle or vehicles in front of you, especially on a motorcycle.
- Maintain the speed limit- riding is no race or competition.
For more information, go to http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/motorcycle-tips.php.