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Taking your motorcycle out of storage? Consider these safety tips

Many motorcyclists in Georgia are starting to take their bikes out of storage to prepare for the riding reason during the coming warmer months.

While this is an exciting time for motorcycle enthusiasts in the state, it’s also a dangerous time as motorcyclists are often a little dusty from months of not riding and vehicle drivers are less-conditioned to watch for motorcyclists on the roadways.

For that reason, now is a good time to revisit safety rules and tips for motorcycle riders. In order to help prevent being involved in a serious motorcycle accident this spring and summer, keep the following guidelines from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in mind:

Dress appropriately. Because your gear is the only thing protecting you from the pavement, it’s important to invest in a good helmet and protective riding gear, including leather or thick long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots, and gloves, even when the weather is warm.

Stay visible. Always use your headlight during the day and at night as motorists have a hard time seeing motorcycles at all times. It’s also a good idea to add reflective tape to your bike or clothing so that you are more visible at night.

Know your bike. Make sure to get formal training or take a refresher course if your driving skills are rusty. Additionally, practice your skills before heading into busy traffic for the first time this season.

Be smart. Always be aware and on the lookout for cars that don’t see you. Pretend like you are invisible, which will cause you to drive extra cautiously. Of course, never ride when you are tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Thank you to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for these great tips!

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “QUICK TIPS: General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely,” April 24, 2014

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