Motorcycle Laws in the State of Texas: Tips for Staying Safe

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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 In 1997, when the state of Texas repealed the mandatory helmet law (for bikers 21 and up), the number of motorcycle fatalities suddenly went up.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.

STAYING SAFE

In addition to the obvious helmet laws, there are many other safety tips that can keep you safe on your motorcycle:

  • Make sure to wear heavy, durable protective clothing. A helmet will protect your noggin, but if you fall off your bike with only a t-shirt, you’ll leave your skin behind.
  • Headlights should be on after sunset. One of the most dangerous aspects of riding a motorcycle is when other drivers can’t see you. Doing this will help let cars and other motorcycles know you’re there.
  • Always ride at safe and reasonable speeds. This advice is often ignored, but when followed, it saves lives.
  • Know where the blind spots are for larger vehicles, like 18-wheelers and R.V.s., and avoid them. If you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you.
  • In addition to keeping an eye out for other people’s blind spots, be sure to pay attention to your own. Make sure there are no cars, or other bikers, in your blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Maintain a safe following distance. Just like in a car, you don’t want to be too close to the person in front of you. If they stop unexpectedly, give yourself enough space and time to slow down, too.
  • Don’t split lanes. It’s both dangerous, and illegal. According to the Texas Transportation Code, motorcycles are considered equal to cars, so responsible bikers should act accordingly.

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. 

 

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Joseph Fred is a writer for NDSS, the industry leader for online driver improvement and driver's education courses in the U.S. For over 10 years, NDSS has provided convenience and affordability to drivers nationwide, offering teen and adult Driver's Ed, Defensive Driving and Traffic School courses, and Insurance Reduction courses. For more fun articles, plus helpful tips and How-Tos, check out Texas-defensivedriving-online.com

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This article was published on 2013/08/29