Deep down, most drivers have the urge to try a motorcycle at least once. With superior maneuverability and fuel efficiency, the freedom of the open air, and the rush of adrenaline motorcycles provide, it’s not surprising that riders are often the envy of others on the road. And while motorcycles offer a unique and thrilling riding experience, they do present some concerns.
Because accident injuries involving motorcycles can be severe, doing everything to prevent motorcycle accidents is critical. If you or someone you know has been involved in a vehicle collision, consult the Barber Law Firm for the best Dallas personal injury attorney you can find. But to avoid having to make such a consultation, be sure to do all you can ahead of time to stay safe before you even get on the bike.
If you’re not particularly experienced with the bike you’re planning to take for a ride, you may wish to defer to the experts by referring to the owner’s manual. Whether this is your first bike altogether or just the first model from a particular brand, it’s important to heed any advice the manufacturer thought important enough to print. Even if you have owned other motorcycles before, a new brand or even a newer model might have particular quirks or differences in operation that require a bit of learning.
As with any other type of vehicle, your tires play a crucial role in keeping you safe. And with two wheels instead of four, any defect on a motorcycle tire is potentially twice as problematic as one on a car. Thus, you should carefully check your tires for any rips, tears, or objects lodged in them. Additionally, you should assess your tire pressure with a reliable gauge—particularly one you own or one located at a reliable repair shop. The mostly neglected gauges at the corner gas station may not give you a precise reading.
Also be sure to review oil and coolant levels and check to see if your lights, turn signals, and horn are in working order so you can alert other drivers to your presence.
Before you get out on the road, keeping yourself safe is entirely your responsibility. When out driving, others’ behavior may impact you as well. If you end up injured as a result, call the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550 for experienced, effective service.