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Riding Safety: 5 Tips to Help You Keep the Shiny Side Up

It’s summer time, which means riding season is in full swing! That means that you’ve probably already hit the Colorado highways to get a full taste of our state’s natural beauty. But how are you staying safe while riding? If you didn’t know, we are in the middle of the 100 deadliest days of summer—that period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when traffic accidents are at their highest. To help keep you safer, the attorneys who ride at Metier Law Firm have some riding tips.

5 Tips to Improve Your Riding Safety!

  1. Before You Ride, Check Your Ride – The nature of motorcycles makes them more sensitive to the road and to their functions. That means a worn-out part or an improperly inflated tire can cause massive problems. Check your motorcycle before you head out. Having a machine that’s functioning properly will reduce your chances of having an off.
  2. Assume They Can’t See You – When you’re riding a bike, your only protection is leather, plastic and your reflexes. That means you are far more likely to get injured if you crash into a car. So, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for potential erratic driving from car drivers. Erring on the side of caution will help you stay in one piece.
  3. Spot Treacherous Roads – Not every road in our state is pristine and clean. There are potholes, tree branches and gravel out there waiting to ruin your ride. Keep a sharp eye out so these obstacles don’t catch you out.
  4. Read the Weather Report – Is it going to be sunny? Is it going to rain? Maybe it’s going to snow on that mountain you plan to ride up. In any case, you need to know so you can prepare appropriately. Waterproof gloves and boots are useless on a blistering hot day, and that textile jacket and pants make little sense on a cold mountain peak.
  5. Take Your Skills Seriously – Having the riding skills to avoid messes is just as important as planning for what can go wrong. Colorado offers many solutions to knocking the rust off and sharpening your motorcycling skills. Sign up for a MOST program to help you learn the ins and outs of riding safely. This is a great way to learn about riding if you are new to the hobby. And if you are an experienced rider, you may be surprised by what you learn at one of these classes.