One sign of spring around Tulsa is the return of motorcyclists to the highways. It was a long winter, and riding enthusiasts are eager to get out onto the roads and roar away on their two-wheelers.
Unfortunately, the return of warmer, milder weather often brings an unwelcome uptick in the number of motorcycle collisions. Because not as many motorcyclists ride during the winter months, motorists get used to not seeing many bikers. That can make them complacent and ignore safety concepts that could put motorcyclists in harm’s way.
- If you’re itching to head out on the highway, keep the following in mind:
- Get a tune-up. You can avoid getting stranded on the side of the road by doing some preventive maintenance on the bike that has likely gathered a bit of dust over the past few months. Don’t forget to check the tires!
- Take a slow and short first ride. Even though you’re itching to get back out there, your first ride of the season should be shorter than normal to allow your body and reflexes to once again get used to riding your motorcycle.
- Watch out for bad roads. Harsh weather conditions so common in winter can erode highways and leave streets with deep potholes.
- Maintain high visibility. Consider ditching the leather clothing for some colorful new riding gear that makes you stand out to drivers on the roads. Remember that if drivers can’t see you, they can’t avoid hitting you.
There are few things as enjoyable as a spring motorcycle ride, but be mindful of dangers and safety hazards. Should you get injured in a motorcycle wreck, learn about your right to seek compensation from the negligent party or parties.