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Brush up on motorcycle safety tips before summer

As the weather gets nicer and the summer nights arrive, people around the San Diego area will head out on their motorcycles to enjoy the open air. While this is certainly a fun activity, it can quickly turn dangerous if the motorcyclists aren't taking the proper safety measures.

Staying safe on a motorcycle starts with making sure that you have the right gear on when you ride. At a minimum, you should have a helmet to protect your head, sturdy clothing to protect your skin, a face shield to protect your eyes and boots to protect your feet. Buying items made specifically for riding a motorcycle can help ensure that the gear you put on is the right type.

Another thing that you need to do is remember that other drivers might not be watching for you. This is a troublesome fact, but drivers tend to think of motorcycles as lesser than cars. They might even overlook the motorcycle and slam into you without realizing it was there in the first place. Trying to make yourself as visible as possible and letting drivers know what you are doing can help keep you safe. Shockingly, around half of accidents occur at intersections, so you must be vigilant when you come across those.

You should make sure that you are paying attention to your ride. Don't get so focused on other things that you forget you are driving. Activities like texting and driving or driving while impaired can lead to crashes.

When the weather isn't perfect or the road conditions are less than ideal, make sure that you are paying close attention to what is going on. Losing control of your motorcycle could be disastrous.

Source: StateFarm, "Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents," accessed April 20, 2018

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