Pennsylvania has some of the most popular roadways in the nation for motorcyclists. Whether you are interested in motorcycling for your daily transportation or simply enjoy the occasional summer ride, it is essential that you are properly prepared for the ride. By taking care of yourself and your bike, you can embrace the fresh air and freedom of the road.
Maintaining your bike includes ensuring that the oil and other fluids are filled, and that your tires have the correct air pressure. Make sure your lights are operational and respond appropriately to your signals. Utilize reflective measures when possible to increase your visibility on the road.
Likewise, you should wear reflective safety gear, including full-fingered gloves and a DOT approved helmet. Although you don’t have to wear a helmet in PA if you are over 21, protective eyewear is the law. By increasing your visibility and protection, you can minimize your injuries in the event of an accident.
Finding Your Place in Traffic
An essential aspect of motorcycle safety is positioning your motorcycle in traffic. You want to make yourself as visible as possible by staying out of blind spots and creating a bubble of space around your motorcycle. Doing so will give you the space you need to react to unexpected movements ahead of you.
Rather than riding side-by-side, motorcycle safety protocol recommends motorcycle riders operate in a straight line, only moving to the side-by-side formation at stops. Use the lane space around you to increase visibility and protection. A motorcycle training and safety course can teach you more about riding in a safe bubble.
Preparing and Executing Lane Changes
You should practice assessing road and traffic conditions while you are riding. Before you execute a lane change, make sure that you have accounted for the vehicles surrounding your motorcycle. Don’t wait until the last minute to change lanes and avoid sudden moves unless you are avoiding an accident. It is better to turn around and arrive at your destination safely than to put yourself and others at risk by darting through traffic.
Mentally divide your lane into three sections, switching between them to increase your visibility and avoid the blind spots of other drivers. Use your turn signals to indicate that you intend to change lanes, and make sure the lane is clear before you begin the transition. Move smoothly and swiftly into your new position.
When Motorcycle Safety Fails
Although being vigilant will improve your riding experience, accidents can still occur. If you are involved in a collision, it is important that you seek medical and legal attention. Report the accident and contact an attorney.
At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices, we represent motorcycle drivers who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Contact us for a free consultation appointment by filling out the form below or calling us at 610-867-2900.