Not only is May an awesome time for riding here in the Appalachian mountains, it's also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Before you click away from this post like Yeah, I get it, thanks for the PSA Dad...we know most of you are smart when it comes to practicing common sense on the road: wear your helmet, wear smart clothing, travel with an emergency kit and health pack...the usual stuff.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is really promoted to car and truck drivers, but here are some extra tips to keep YOU going for the long haul:
One of the best parts about owning a motorcycle is that it can fit small spaces, go anywhere, and it's super nimble. But when you're high tailing through heavy traffic, think twice about cutting close around cars. A lot of drivers have blind spots on the highway and may be tired or not paying attention, especially on an evening commute home. They're looking directly ahead and behind and may not check fully before entering another lane. And they probably won't signal. So stay aware of shifting cars and don't go too fast when cutting lane to lane.
Do we really need to explain this one? Just in case: when you drink, your intelligence and sharp awareness drop. This leads to accidents. Bad ones. With lots of fines and hospital bills and sad people. Just don't do this, okay? Always have a friend on speed dial to pick you up, or Uber it home if you need to.
We recommend a quarterly check of your gear. Once every three months (or more often if you ride daily through a variety of conditions), run down a list of gear and parts and give them a once-over to make sure everything is running and working smoothly. A small crack or ding can lead to a big problem or an accident. Be proactive.
Yeah, we're gonna throw ourselves in the mix here. This is a huge reason why we created the Halo. A Helmet Halo extends the life of your helmet, preventing it from getting cracked, worn down, broken, or mistreated. We know some of you say, "I don't care about my helmet on the ground. A little dirt doesn't hurt," but that's not what we're getting at here. A Halo goes beyond keeping your expensive helmet off the ground...it protects it from the elements that will wear it down quickly. Head injuries are really common in motorcycle accidents. By protecting your helmet, you protect yourself.
Okay, kids, PSA over. Enjoy the ride this month!