As much fun as motorcycles are to ride, particularly Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, there is an element of danger to them. Motorcycle crashes do occur, and while some are caused by reckless riding practices, plenty of others happen through no fault of the motorcyclist themselves. Whether you’re faced with compromised car drivers, trucks that can’t see you, animals that leap into your path, inclement weather conditions or potholes, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep control of your motorcycle and prevent an accident.
Here at Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson of Union City, Tennessee, our customers’ safety on the road is our top priority. We want to make sure that you have the knowledge to keep yourself protected and alert while riding your Harley motorcycle in any conditions, so we’ve created this guide to preventing motorcycle crashes to educate you on the safest riding practices we know. Come talk to us if you need to get yourself geared up or your have further questions about motorcycle safety!
When you’re on your Harley bike on city streets or highways, you’re surrounded on all sides by vehicles much larger than your own. The drivers of these vehicles may potentially be distracted or otherwise compromised and not practicing safety or vigilance while operating their vehicles. Keeping yourself highly visible can draw their gaze to you and prevent them from running into you. Your black motorcycle outfit may look awesome, but it doesn’t make you stand out, particularly at night, so you’ll want to wear more brightly-colored and reflective clothing, or at least put on reflective tape over your black ensemble to make yourself visible.
Riding with other motorcycles will also instantly make you more visible, as it is hard for drivers to miss an entire group of motorcyclists in the next lane. Make yourself stand out and take up more space by riding with friends!
Sometimes crashes are caused by a mistake on the motorcyclist’s part. Prevent this by keeping yourself brushed up on safe riding tips and techniques by taking an advanced riding course. You might have forgotten some of the tricks you learned previously and this will help you to hone your skills so you can successfully navigate traffic without incidents.
Make Sure You Can See
If your own visibility suffers, then you’re going to put yourself at increased risk of getting in an accident. You need to be able to see the traffic around you and any obstacles ahead on the road to stay safe. So you’ll want to take some extra steps to make sure you can see what you need to see.
Your motorcycle’s lights may not be bright enough to effectively illuminate the road ahead at night, so installing brighter LED lights can instantly improve your visibility. If your motorcycle has a windshield, you’ll want to ensure it’s installed at a height that doesn’t cut through your line of vision and that it’s clear of mud, debris and water.
When wearing a helmet, make sure that your face shield or pair of goggles comes with anti-fogging abilities so that you aren’t foiled by condensation on your lenses. Rain can also make it hard to see, so you may want to avoid riding in heavy rains where your visibility is severely compromised.
There are plenty of things you can do to prevent a crash when you’re riding your Harley motorcycle. Hopefully this guide has helped you to incorporate some new safety practices into your riding style so that you can ride without incident! Visit our dealership today to talk to us about improving your safety while riding. We’re in Union City, TN, where you can also see our full line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for sale. Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson is near Jackson, Paducah and Cape Girardeau, Tennessee.