You can tell that spring is approaching when the air gets a little warmer, flowers start to bloom, and the telltale “vroom” of motorcycles is heard everywhere. There’s no better feeling than being out on the open road on a bike, but it’s important to understand that they can be dangerous, too. There are a few simple ways to ride responsibly, and help keep yourself—and everyone around you—safe.
WEAR A HELMET
Helmet laws save lives. Not only is it just common sense, it’s statistically proven. In 1997, when the state of Texas repealed the mandatory helmet law (for bikers 21 and up), the number of motorcycle fatalities suddenly went up. Today in Texas, everyone riding a motorcycle must wear headgear that meets the American National Standards Institute’s guidelines at all times. Failure to wear the proper helmet not only puts you at a significant risk, it will earn you a hefty ticket as well.
In addition to the obvious helmet laws, there are many other safety tips that can keep you safe on your motorcycle:
FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION
Of course, in order to get your motorcycle license in the first place, you must go through the approved basic rider training course. Riding a bike is a lot different than driving a car, so these courses teach you all about the basics of riding a motorcycle—everything from parking and licensing, to proper turning, body shifting, and hand signals. But there’s always more to learn. Even the most seasoned driver could benefit from a Texas approved online driving safety course. Whether you’re getting your permit for the first time, or you’ve been biking for years, it’s always helpful to be armed with knowledge.
Remember: Riding a motorcycle is great fun, and staying safe on the road ensures that you can have fun for years to come.