Summer is upon us and motorcyclists across the country are gearing up to travel to and from celebrations, barbecues, and family festivities. In order to prevent a dangerous or even fatal collision, it is crucial to practice good safety habits. Here are a few things we recommend to help you ride safely this summer:
- Always Ride Sober. With Coronavirus restrictions lifting, there’s certainly a great reason to get out and raise a glass. It’s important to do so only when you have a safe way to get home. Riding under the influence can impair your judgment and coordination while slowing your reaction time.
- Be Seen. With summer trips, there tends to be more folks out on the roads. Day or night, it’s imperative to make sure other vehicles on the road can see you. This means investing in high-visibility gear for you and your bike, and confirming that your motorcycle’s lights are in working order before each ride.
- Use a Defensive Mindset. This time of year, more people are out and about and Washington roads become packed. It’s extremely important to ride defensively and have a heightened awareness of road conditions to prevent collisions. Remember, the vehicles around you are unpredictable, so using a defensive mindset while riding can help you avoid unsafe situations.
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