Going on a motorcycle road trip is many people’s favorite way to explore the state or country, relax and release stress, and experience the great outdoors. While a motorcycle road trip can be a fun and enjoyable experience, motorcycling can also be dangerous. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between the years of 2001 and 2008, more than that 34,000 motorcyclists were killed, and an estimated 1,222,000 were treated in emergency rooms for motorcycle-related injuries.
If you’re planning a motorcycle road trip, it’s important that you take all precautions necessary before heading out. In order to keep yourself safe, make sure you adhere to this safety checklist.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
Wearing safety equipment is one of the most important things to do to protect yourself while riding a motorcycle. In addition to a helmet that fits snugly and that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, riders should also wear the following equipment.
- proper riding footwear, such as boots.
- goggles to protect the eyes.
- arm and leg protection.
- and, gloves to assist with grip and protect hands in the event of a crash.
Make Sure Your Motorcycle is Safe
A Cycle Safety sheet published by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration advises all motorcyclists double check their motorcycles before heading out on a ride. Before riding, make sure you check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, signals, brakes, fluid levels, and headlights. Additionally, make sure you have enough gas for the length of trip you’re planning to take, and never load more cargo onto your bike than it can carry.
Plan Your Motorcycle Road Trip Route
Once you’ve made sure that both you and your motorcycle are as safe as can be, it’s time to double check your trip route and make sure that you, as well as anyone traveling with you, knows the plan. Also make sure somebody not going on the road trip knows the route too.
Make sure you pre-plan.
- how much gas you’ll need.
- where gas stations are located along the route.
- when you plan on stopping for breaks.
- and, what your ride formation will be.
If you have any inexperienced riders going with you, make sure you take extra time to ensure that they’re familiar with how to ride with a group.
Pack Emergency Gear for the Motorcycle Road Trip
While you can prep your bike, wear safe clothes, and plan your route perfectly, accidents and emergencies can still happen. As such, make sure you’ve packed proper emergency equipment in the case that a breakdown or error does occur during the motorcycle road trip.
Your emergency kit should include a first aid kit, a tool kit complete with extra fuses and spark plugs, extra food and water, duct tape, a flashlight, and a cell phone or emergency radio to place an emergency call on. Also, it’s always a good idea to have extra clothes that are appropriate in the case the inclement weather should strike.
Riding a motorcycle is a dangerous thing when riders act irresponsibly. Therefore, always ride smart by adhering to traffic laws, resisting the urge to take risks, making yourself visible to other vehicles, proceeding with caution at intersections, and never riding while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If injured during your motorcycle road trip in an accident caused by the irresponsible actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. As such, it’s important that you seek the advice of an attorney today.
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can guide you through the process of filing your claim and provide you with details about pursuing a personal injury case. For more information, or to receive a free case consultation, call us today at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.