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Motorcycle Safety Tips

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With the warm weather upon us yet again, more and more motorcycle owners will be taking to the streets of Vancouver and the surrounding areas. While there are few better ways to really get outdoors and enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer, staying safe on a motorcycle and staying safe behind the wheel of a car often require two entirely different approaches. If you want to make sure that you don’t wind up in an accident through no fault of your own, you’ll need to keep a few key things in mind.

Your Goal is Visibility

The number one goal of any motorcycle rider should always involve being as visible as possible at all times. If you can, wear bright clothing – particularly items that are reflective at night. If you’re going to turn or change lanes, always signal well in advance to let people know what you’re about to do.

If you believe that another driver can’t see you or isn’t quite sure where you are, always use your horn to let them know – it’s better to be safe than to be sorry, after all.

Check, Check and Check Again

You should always double check your motorcycle before going for any ride – regardless of how short that ride may be. Perform a quick but thorough check of things like your chain, your horn, your brakes and your lights (if you’re going to be riding at night). These things are all intended to protect you, provided that your bike is in proper working order. It’s better to find out that you have a problem with your brakes before you get out on the road than after.

Watch the Road – Literally

One of the things that makes spring such a dangerous time for motorcycle riders in particular has to do with leftover road impurities caused by the harsh winter weather. Potholes, cracks, bumps and other obstacles are already starting to reveal themselves and often road crews haven’t yet had a chance to totally eliminate them.

Always make sure that you slow down significantly whenever you approach something like a pothole. Don’t slam on the brakes to avoid road hazards – doing so could not only cause you to lose control, but you’ll also likely damage your front end suspension, too.

Dress Appropriately

Even though the weather is getting warmer, you should always resist the urge to hop on your motorcycle in little more than shorts and a t-shirt. There’s a reason why motorcycle aficionados often wear leather or reinforced jackets – they provide coverage against things like bug, wind and debris but they also help protect your body in the event of an accident or other type of collision.

Along the same lines, you should also always try to wear gloves, protective footwear and other items with padding and breathable material to protect your safety at all times.

In case of a Motorcycle Accident

The major variable that you CANNOT control in terms of spring motorcycle safety in Vancouver, unfortunately, are the other drivers on the road around you. Accidents happen and when one does, the importance of consulting a legal professional that specializes in motorcycle accidents and ICBC claims in your area cannot be overstated enough.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and you need the help of a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer, or if you’d just like to speak to someone about your own personal situation in a little more detail, please don’t delay – contact BLW Lawyers today.

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