Riding a motorcycle is not the same as driving a car for many reasons. For one, instead of being protected in a steel and plastic shell, seated in a soft, cushioned seat surrounded by airbags, you are exposed to the elements. You are surrounded instead by cold,the rain, heat, traffic, and asphalt. Riding a motorcycle is hard, tiring, and dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more than 4,000 motorcycle fatalities each year. However, no motorcyclist needs to hear statistics about how dangerous riding is; they already know. What you might not know is how to take a few precautions to make your rides just a bit safer. You can do this by ensuring you always have a well-stocked motorcycle repair kit with you.
Staying Hydrated is Crucial for Quick Reaction Time
One of a motorcyclist’s most important safety devices is their brain. By keeping it working quickly and efficiently, you can react to sudden changes in traffic: a swerving car, a truck that fails to yield the right of way, or a texting driver that merges into your lane. By always bringing water for you and your passenger, as well as food for longer rides, you can keep hydrated and fueled for quick reaction time and avoid the poor driving hazards of larger motor vehicles.
Tools and Tire Repair
To make it easier on yourself when (not if) you break down or get a flat tire, always carry at least a basic tool kit, as well as tire repair tools. If you ride long enough, you will almost certainly find yourself on the side of the road with one mechanical issue or another. If you do not have the mechanical experience required to fix some of the more basic problems, consider taking a course to learn some of the necessary essentials.
Just like the mechanics of your bike, it is important to know some basic first aid and to bring the essential parts of a first aid kit on every ride. You can choose a pre-made kit or a personalized kit that you throw together yourself. Whatever kit you decide to go with, make sure it has enough gauze, antiseptic, medical tape, and alcohol swabs. A good pair of medical scissors can be invaluable, as well.
Always bring a cell phone. When the emergency or mechanical situation is out of your control, you will be glad to have a phone to dial the authorities, paramedics, your family, a friend, or a tow truck. For long, multi-day trips, consider packing a solar-powered charger.
Helmet and Proper Ride Gear
A helmet is the most essential piece of equipment a motorcyclist can own. Riding boots, full leathers, and/or a riding jacket with armored protection can save you and your skin, as well. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney today for a free consultation. You may be able to collect compensation that can help pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage.
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