What should new motorcyclists know?

If you’ve recently begun riding a motorcycle in Alabama, you’re probably thrilled by the prospect of the open road. You should also be concerned about safety, as operating a motorcycle can be quite difficult at first. Consumer Reports offers the following tips in this case, which can help new riders get their footing.

Take a safe riding course

Before taking your new motorcycle out for a spin, it’s crucial that you attend a motorcycle safety course. These courses go over a lot of basic information, from how to operate the bike to maneuvers for avoiding an accident. Safety courses are also beneficial from a financial perspective, as they can result in discounts from your insurance company or might make you eligible for a rebate when buying a new bike or accessories.

Make defensive driving a must

Drivers of passenger vehicles often fail to see motorcyclists when out and about. In this case, riders must use defensive driving behaviors to protect themselves and prevent injuries from occurring. Defensive driving entails remain alert and aware to the actions of motorists, which can sometimes be unpredictable. While this may not prevent all accidents, it can greatly decrease the risk of a serious incident.

Wear safety gear

Helmets are essential to protect riders. When buying a helmet, make sure it has the proper safety certification and fits correctly. Other types of gear are also important. This includes jackets, gloves, durable pants, and boots with ample ankle support. Clothing should be reinforced in the event you fall off your motorcycle, as reinforced gear will reduce road rash injuries.

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