While there is no mistaking that motorcycles are fun, daring, and cool they are also dangerous and more likely to be in an accident than a car, truck, or SUV. When it comes to motorcycle safety, these are a few tips to always have at the forefront of your mind.
1. Motorcycle Safety Course
Keep in mind that in order to legally operate a motorcycle in Tennessee that is over 50cc, you must have a Class M license. Although it is not required by the state, all motorcyclists are encouraged to complete one of the many safety courses offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
2. Pre-Ride Inspection
Prior to embarking on your motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you do a visual inspection to check for anything from leaks to loose bolts to debris in the tires.
3. Wear Protective Gear
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want boots that cover your entire ankle, an abrasion-resistant jacket with additional armor, long pants, gloves, and a full-face helmet. Although an open face helmet may keep you cooler in hotter months, it is important to remember that nearly a quarter of all impacts during accidents start with the chin.
4. Drive Defensively
While it may be tempting to weave in and out of traffic, don’t do it because other drivers may not see you. Instead, drive like no one can see you and give plenty of leeway to other vehicles on the road.
5. Don’t Skimp on Insurance
Not only is motorcycle insurance required in Tennessee, but you want to ensure you have enough coverage to protect yourself and any passengers if an accident happens. At Keltner Insurance in Memphis, TN, our friendly and talented team will help customize the perfect insurance policy for your needs.