Geico Motorcycle Riding Tips
Rules of the 2-Wheel Road – Operating a motorcycle takes different skills than driving a car; however, the laws of the road apply to every driver just the same. These Motorcycle Riding Tips go a long way in helping reduce the amount of motorcycle accidents:
- Consistent education
- Regard for traffic laws
- Basic common sense
Preparing To Ride – Being fit for the Road
Making sure that your motorcycle is right to ride is as important as safe riding. Before the season begins, check the following:
- Tires: Check for any cracks or bulges, or signs of wear in the treads (low tire pressure or any defects could cause a blowout)
- Under the motorcycle: Look for signs of oil or gas leaks
- Headlight, taillight and signals: Test for high and low beams (make sure that all lights are functioning)
- Hydraulic and Coolant fluids: Level should be checked weekly
Once you’ve mounted the motorcycle, complete the following checks:
- Clutch and throttle: Make sure they are working smoothly (throttle should snap back when released)
- Mirrors: Clean and adjust all mirrors to ensure sharpest viewing
- Brakes: Test front and rear brakes (each brake should feel firm and hold the motorcycle still when fully applied)
- Horn: Test the horn
Wear appropriate gear
We like black. Consider attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you. Wear protective gear and clothing that will minimize the amount of injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Wearing leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles, and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries.
Hone your riding skills
Complete a formal riding education program, get licensed and take riding courses from time to time to develop riding techniques and to sharpen your street-riding strategies.
Follow these tips for safe riding
Wear a helmet with a face shield or protective eye wear. Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect against severe head injuries. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury.
Have a plan – Ride Defensively
Don’t assume that a driver can see you, as nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way. You should always ride with your headlights on; stay out of a driver’s blind spot; signal well in advance of any change in direction; and watch for turning vehicles.
Follow traffic rules
Obey the speed limit; the faster you go the longer it will take you to stop. Be aware of local traffic laws and rules of the road.
Be awake and ride sober
Don’t drink and ride, you could cause harm to yourself and others. Additionally, fatigue and drowsiness can impair your ability to react, so make sure that you are well rested when you hit the road.