When the weather turns warm, there is nothing better than getting out in the fresh air and enjoying it. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you are probably spending more time out on the road this summer. It is important to be aware that while the summer months are a great time for riding, motorcycle accidents increase in the summer months. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that over the last six years, motorcycle accidents have drastically increased. The month of July is noted as the most dangerous month, with an 80% increase in injury accidents.
Increased Risk of Accidents
Why is there an increase in motorcycle accidents in the summer months? Experts contend that there are some logical reasons for this increase. The biggest reason is that there are more people on the roads. The kids are out of school, and families are taking summer vacations. This increased danger is compounded by the fact that there are more teenage drivers on the roads. Also, construction companies tend to schedule road construction projects over the summer when the weather is warmer. Lastly, there are several holidays that occur over summer, which means there are more people driving intoxicated.
Because of this, it is important to keep these safety tips in mind, so you can enjoy a safe summer:
Wear a helmet: While every state varies in terms of helmet laws, it is the most important thing you can do to prevent serious injury or even death. In the event of a motorcycle accident, your helmet is the only thing protecting you from the road. It’s that important.
Wear proper riding gear: When the summer is beautiful, it is tempting to ride your motorcycle with lighter clothing and enjoy the sunshine. However, wearing protective clothing will save you from serious cuts and scrapes if you experience an accident. Protective gear can include long sleeves, long pants, and boots. Make sure that the fabric is sturdy and a bright color to increase your visibility.
Get anti-lock brakes: Anti-lock brakes can prevent you from skidding out of control from a sudden stop. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that anti-lock brakes can reduce a fatal highway crash by 37%.
Bike maintenance: If you haven’t taken your motorcycle out in a while, now is a good time to give it a safety check. Consider these suggestions:
- Check your tires for wear and low pressure.
- Check all fluids.
- Be sure your lights are in working order.
- Make sure your horn works.
- Check your brakes.
Watch the weather: Weather can be a little unpredictable in the summer. Bad weather can increase the likelihood of an accident. Be aware that an unexpected rainstorm can reduce visibility, make the roads slicker and increase the likelihood of hydroplaning.
We hope that you keep these safety tips in mind and you are getting out there and enjoying your summer. If the unexpected happens and you are involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact us.