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Defensive driving tips for motorcyclists

As summer approaches, the percentage of motorcycle accidents is likely to increase in Ohio and throughout the U.S. In this blog post, we will discuss some defensive driving tips designed to keep motorcyclists and their passengers safe during the summer months and throughout the year.

Keep your eyes open

Experienced motorcyclists know they must survey far more than the stretch of road in front of them to ensure a safe ride. Motorcycle safety requires constant vigilance in monitoring mirrors, blind spots, intersections and other vehicles, whether they are close by or far in the distance. The sooner you see a hazard, the more time you have to react and avoid it.

Know the laws where you’re driving

Motorcycle laws vary from state to state and county to county. If you are visiting another locale, you can enhance your safety by learning the laws there. A helpful website called driving-tests.org allows you to access driving tests from other states so you can brush up on the laws no matter where in the U.S. you are traveling.

Keep your ride in top shape

Motorcycle maintenance is something you have control over and is one of the most important factors in keeping you and others safe on the road. Check your brakes, belts, tires, fluids and other important parts before hitting the road. While a passenger vehicle can usually sustain a blown tire or broken belt without major concern, the margin for error is far slimmer regarding a motorcycle.

Protect your rights off the road

If you were injured by a careless driver, you have already been wronged once on the road. Do not compound the injury by failing to protect your legal and financial rights off the road. Discuss your claim with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling motorcycle accident claims.