If you ride a motorcycle or have even thought about it, you probably have heard time and time again about how dangerous it can be. You may have family and friends who think you should reconsider the decision, but if you are a motorcycle enthusiast, the best thing you can do is to ride as safely as possible. Doing this will make your friends and family feel a little more at ease with you riding a motorcycle, and most importantly keep you safe on the road.
The first thing you should do to make sure you are safe on the road is to read the manual for your motorcycle. Even if you are an experienced rider, it’s important to read the manual when getting a new bike as they are all different. Reading the manual will make sure you are up to date on the maintenance that needs to be done and this will save you money since it won’t need to be serviced as often.
The first thing you should do to make sure you are riding safely is to inspect your motorcycle. You’ll want to do a full walk around of your motorcycle and look for any damage or anything that looks out of the ordinary. You should also be sure to check all the fluids. This includes checking the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. If you are making sure your fluids are clean and at the right levels, your bike will run smooth keeping you safe and your bike in good condition for as long as possible.
Another thing you should do to make sure the motorcycle is properly maintained is to check the air filter and replace it when needed. The reason this is important is because the filter is what keeps dirt out of your engine and that is critical to being safe on the road.
You want to keep your engine clean, but you should also keep your motorcycle clean on the outside as well. Of course you want your motorcycle to look good, but keeping your motorcycle clean can lead to performance issues down the road if not cleaned properly.
It may seem obvious but still a good idea to mention when it comes to safety that testing your battery and checking your tires is going to make you safer on the road. If your battery is not in good condition, you could end up stranded on the side of the road and even worse things could happen if your tires are not in good shape. Be sure to check your tire tread and pressure often, and have them replaced if you’ve put a lot of miles on them or the tread is wearing thin. Lastly, make sure to check your brake pads and have them maintained regularly by a professional if you can’t do so yourself.
We’re Here to Keep You Safe
You want to do all the physical things to make sure your motorcycle is safe but you also need to make sure your motorcycle is insured. When signing up for a motorcycle policy, Willoughby Insurance will review your driver history and type of motorcycle to make sure you have the best coverage possible. If you have any questions about the specifics of a motorcycle policy, we can also answer those too. Reach out to our team at Willoughby Insurance and we can discuss the best policy for you today!