Motorcycles are an exciting way to travel and enjoy the outdoors. They also have the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly than cars or trucks. However, they do come with some unique risks that must be taken into consideration before you decide to ride one.
Before you hop on your bike, it is important to make sure that it is in good working condition. Give it a complete inspection to ensure that all parts are secure and functional. It is especially important to check your tire pressure, mirrors and lights. It is also a good idea to perform routine maintenance such as oil changes and tune-ups.
It is important to understand that you are at a much greater risk for injury or death when riding a motorcycle as opposed to driving a car. Injuries are much more severe because you do not have the protection of a car’s windshield and door, and you are exposed to the elements. It is important to always wear protective gear such as a helmet, leathers and boots.
You should also be aware that alcohol or drugs, even some prescribed medications, can negatively affect your judgment, balance, coordination and throttle control. If you are under the influence of these substances, it is extremely dangerous to ride a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle while angry, drowsy or distracted can cause you to make a mistake that could result in injury or death. This is why it is so important to only ride your motorcycle when you are alert and in a clear mind.