This is the time of year when residents of Tacoma and surrounding areas are outside as much as possible. We look forward to these long sunny days for months and we want to soak up as much sun as possible while it’s around. As we make our way outside and to our favorite watering hole, we quickly are reminded that everyone else has the same idea – the roads are packed. Among the motorists on the road are motorcyclists taking advantage of the beautiful conditions as well.
It’s not only important that other drivers be on the look-out for motorcycles but that motorcyclists remember the important safety measures associated with riding. Motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States yet they account for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.
The main safety feature that should always be present on a motorcycle driver or passenger is a helmet! It’s important to remember that all helmets are not created equal.
How to find the right helmet:
1. Look for the DOT label. Helmets with this label are certified by the manufacturer to meet minimum safety standards.
2. Make sure the helmet fits you properly. It needs to fit correctly for both shape and size. Adjustable pads also help with a good fit.
3. Get a helmet that protects your face too.
4. Remember ventilation. Ventilation allows the flow of fresh air for cooling and a reduction in fogging.
Click here to watch a video on how to choose the right motorcycle helmet.
Other important gear includes jackets, pants, boots, and gloves. When making these purchases, consider the level of protection that they will provide. Also important to note, wearing high-visibility gear will help other drivers see you from a greater distance.
It’s a best practice to take a motorcycle safety-training course. If you’re new to riding you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to be a safe and proficient motorcycle operator, and if you’ve been riding for years, keep in mind that a refresher course is always a good idea!
Learn more about motorcycle safety from the NHTSA.
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