As the snow begins to melt and our Virginia roads start to clear up, it’s a great time to think about taking your motorcycle out for the first spin of the year. Whenever you do decide to make the maiden journey, remember these motorcycle riding safety tips, courtesy of the Virginia DMV, to make sure you’re riding responsibly.
Safety Tips for the Virginia Motorcyclist
- Wear your helmet. Helmets can keep you alive in an accident. They are proven to be around 29 percent effective in preventing deaths, and 67 percent efficient in preventing brain injuries.
- Wear quality eye protection. Goggles, glasses with safety lenses, or face shields will not only cut out the wind in your eyes, but also dirt, insects and rocks. Which ever you choose, make sure it is well ventilated, shatterproof and free from scratches.
- Wear bright riding clothing. Your riding gear should offer some protection from abrasion, as well as have long sleeves and tighter pants without flared or baggy bottoms. You may even choose to wear a reflective yellow or orange vest over your jacket to help ensure you are seen at night.
- Wear non-slip gloves. Durable gloves will help you keep a handle on your bike. Leather is ideal, as well as fabric gloves with inserted leather palms or grip strips.
- Wear proper footwear. This includes leather boots, or athletic shoes that cover up your ankle. Avoid sneakers and sandals at all cost, along with dangling laces that can pose a potential danger.
The Virginia motorcycle injury attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with those motorcyclists who have been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence. Call us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email and tell us about your accident.