As spring starts to approach and the weather gets warmer, you’re probably counting down the days until you can ride your motorcycle regularly. However, no matter how ready you are to hit the road on your motorcycle, it’s important to remember that your safety always come first.

Since motorcyclists don’t have the protection of a vehicle around them, they are prone to sustain injuries in severe car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers of a car or other vehicle.

Many motorcycle accidents are the cause of negligent car or truck drivers, such as running a red light or being on their phone. Regardless of the reason, motorcyclists face the most harm in accidents. To ensure your safety on the road, you should consider the following safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet while you drive. According to the NHTSA, wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of death by 37%.
  • Never ride if you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • Protect yourself with riding gear such as leather gloves, knee pads and thick clothing that won’t easily tear.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially if you’re driving at night.
  • Always obey traffic laws.
  • Keep a watchful eye on any hazards on the road such as potholes and puddles.
  • Make sure you stay in the lanes where other drivers can see you.
  • Check the weather before you ride as melting snow and spring rain can make the roads slippery.

Busy roads and distracted drivers can lead to terrible accidents. Whether you’re an experienced or novice motorcyclist, you should be able to enjoy riding without fear of crashing. Being aware of the safety measures you can take is one of the best ways to ensure your safety.

If you keep informed and stay prepared, you’ll be able to have a fun and safe riding experience this upcoming spring season.