Motorcycle Safety Guide

Motorcycle Safety Guide

When you’re riding a motorcycle, keeping yourself safe is a huge part of each and every ride. That’s why our team at Pfaff Harley-Davidson has put together this Motorcycle Safety Guide. 

Whether you’re preparing to purchase your first motorcycle or just want a refresher, we encourage drivers around Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, Ontario, to read on and learn some basic tips about motorcycle safety.

Professional Lessons and Practice

When you’re new to driving a motorcycle, a professional can help you learn how to stay safe on the road. Professional lessons may include practice if something unexpected happens and sometimes insurance discounts. 

Even veteran drivers can use these courses as refreshers if they haven’t driven in a while.

Practice riding in a controlled environment until you feel more confident. This is a good time to practice evasive driving in a safer environment, rather than doing it on a busy street for the first time. 

Wear the Proper Gear

Riding a motorcycle safely means wearing the right safety gear. A proper DOT-approved motorcycle helmet keeps your head safe and often comes with eye protection to keep bugs out of your face. 

However, the proper motorcycle gear goes beyond a helmet. If you’re riding at night, highly visible but protective clothing can help drivers see you. Leathers and other reinforced clothing items help prevent road rash if you slide after an accident. 

Inspect Your Motorcycle Before Every Ride

Before a ride, take a look at your motorcycle. You want to make sure it is functioning correctly and secured properly before driving. When you get ready to leave, check the following components on your motorcycle:

  • Tire pressure
  • Mirror
  • Lights

A quick walk around can also tell you if nuts, wires, and other parts are loose. Be sure to get any issues repaired before riding your motorcycle again. 

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Weather affects how everyone drives, even those in cars. If it’s raining, the road might be slicker than usual or make it more difficult for other drivers to see you. Check the weather before heading out on a ride to ensure you can adapt your driving to any weather hazards you might encounter. 

Watch and Communicate With Other Drivers

We all share the road. Sharing the road includes communicating clearly with other drivers. Use signals when changing lanes or turning so other drivers on the road know what you’re planning to do. 

As you drive, keep an eye on other vehicles on the road. Driving defensively ensures you have enough time to react to sudden braking or other road hazards. When watching the road, monitor the space about 12-15 seconds ahead of you. 

Stay Safe and Enjoy the Drive

Riding a motorcycle with care while keeping your surroundings in mind will help keep you safe on the road.

If you’re interested in a new or pre-owned motorcycle around Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, ON, the team at Pfaff Harley-Davidson is here to help. While you shop with us, you’ll experience the Pfaff Difference. Our team can answer your questions and match you with the right motorcycle. Contact us today to get started.

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