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MotorcyclistMotorcycling is an exhilarating and economical form of transportation. Unlike a car however, you aren't buckled into a protective metal cage with crumple zones and airbags. This means that motorcycling is less forgiving of mistakes. As with new car drivers, the risk is highest for new motorcyclists. The following are four tips for new riders on how to stay safe on the road.

Wear Protective Gear


Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Wearing protective gear gives you the best chance of getting through an accident with minimal injuries. The most important of this gear is the helmet. The skull is fragile compared to the pavement and most other objects on the road, especially when traveling at high speeds. A full face helmet is the best choice because it also keeps insects and grit out of your eyes and reduces fatigue.

Wear a jacket made of materials that will protect you from road rash. Wear gloves, long pants and footwear that protect the ankles. If your helmet doesn't have a visor, use goggles to protect your eyes.

Don't Target Fixate


On a motorcycle, you tend to go where you are looking. When turning, look where you want to go. That is, look through the turn. If you fixate on a pothole, that is where you will likely end up. Instead, look through the portion of the turn that is clear of potholes, debris or parked cars. Of course, when there are road hazards, you should also slow down.

Be Alert and Defensive


Motorcycles are smaller than cars, which makes them less visible to motorists. Assume that cars pulling out from side streets or changing lanes can't see you, and drive accordingly. Always leave sufficient road space ahead of you so that you have plenty of stopping distance and time to react to problems on the road.

Be alert for hazards on the road surface. If you've ridden a bicycle, you can appreciate the dangers of wet leaves, sand, pebbles, potholes and railroad tracks. These hazards are just as dangerous for a motorcyclist. Unlike cars with four wheels, a two wheeled vehicle is more sensitive to the road surface conditions.

Don't Take Risks


Drive conservatively and deliberately. If something looks risky, don't do it. This is especially important for a beginner motorcyclist, who hasn't acquired enough road experience to develop a good sense of judgment. You should also drive within the speed limit and reduce speed when the road is wet.

In addition to following these tips, take a riding course to further hone your skills. There are many motorcyclists who have been riding a lifetime without ever getting injured. Ride safely and you can be one of them too.

Stay safe on the open road. Call Miller Insurance Agency at (409) 899-9531 for more information on Beaumont motorcycle insurance.
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