PRACTICAL TIPS FOR PROPER MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
April 1, 2015
There's no denying the freedom you feel when you ride your motorcycle. A bike provides a riding experience that a four-wheeled vehicle simply cannot rival. Cars and trucks, however, offer additional protection that your bike is lacking. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to make your experience substantially safer.
Riding a motorcycle requires a great deal of balance, and properly inflated tires can improve your stability. Under-inflated tires make it hard to balance, and they react more to each uneven spot in the road. The tires will dent when they cross a pot hole instead of remaining firm. Some riders will intentionally under-inflate the tires for additional grip, but the manufacturer's suggested pressure is best. Overinflated tires are dangerous because they're more likely to slide and skid. Keep the tires relatively close to the manufacturer's suggested Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) rating and you'll be much safer. This is especially important in cities like Houston, where temperature fluctuations can affect tire pressure.
KEEP THE BIKE ALIGNED
Just like a car, your motorcycle's alignment can be way off. It's extremely dangerous to ride while trying to compensate for the bike's pulling. You may take a nasty spill if you have to turn suddenly and readjusting the bike becomes too difficult. An alignment isn't expensive, and this motorcycle safety tip could save your life one day.
WEAR A HELMET
Wearing a helmet is the most sound piece of motorcycle advice anyone can take. Wearing a helmet is the law in Texas, but legal ramifications are the least of your worries. Motorcycle fatalities are much higher for people who wore no helmet, which puts into perspective the importance of wearing one when operating one of these vehicles. Even people who hold no regard for their own safety are still subject to steep penalties and fines for riding without a helmet.