Whether you're taking your Harley across the country, or just hitting the roads of the great Northwest, motorcycle safety is one of the most important things to remember this time of year. Here are a few of our top tips for keeping you safe on the roads:
No One is Too Old to Wear a Helmet
A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is forty percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury in a crash than a rider with a helmet. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study reports that "helmets saved 1,658 motorcyclists' lives in 2006, and that 752 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets." Buy a full-face helmet for the best protection for your head and eyes. Be sure you have other protective gear as well: heavy leather or synthetic gloves, long pants and jacket, and over-the-ankle leather boots.
In a Crash, The SUV Wins
When cars and motorcycles collide, it's usually because the driver of the car failed to see the cyclist. With more SUVs on the road, it's even more critical to take extra steps to become more visible. Use your headlamps - both night and day - and wear yellow, red or orange jackets to make yourself easy to see. Make a point of positioning yourself in your lane for visibility.
One out of four motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2006 were driving with invalid licenses. Some companies offer discounts to riders who attend the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's safe riding courses or are active in groups that promote safe motorcycle riding. Keeping on top of safety can help earn you discounts!
New Gear? Update Your Policy
Some companies offer special coverage for custom parts and equipment - but you have to make sure your policy matches what you currently have on your bike! Any time you buy new safety equipment or customize your bike, you should call us. We can update the policy and make sure you are properly covered before you go to rev the engine.