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Motorcyclists should properly prepare for their adventures

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

The feeling of hitting the open road on your motorcycle might be something you have waited for all winter. Now that motorcyclists are getting back out on the roads, it’s a good time to ensure you’re ready for your upcoming adventure.

You can enhance the likelihood of making it to your destination safely in several ways. Start by considering these tips as you plan your next trip.

Prepare your motorcycle

Before hitting the road, you must check your motorcycle’s condition, especially if it’s been sitting during the long winter break. In Minnesota, where winters can be harsh, motorcycles often sit unused for months, which can lead to mechanical issues. Start by thoroughly checking your motorcycle, including tire pressure, tread depth, brakes, lights, and fluid levels. It’s also essential to be sure your battery is fully charged and in good condition, as cold weather can shorten its life.

Don the right gear

Wearing the appropriate gear is critical to motorcycle safety. It offers protection from the elements and road debris in case of an accident. Layering can be particularly beneficial in Minnesota, where weather conditions can change rapidly. Always wear a helmet that meets safety standards, which can significantly reduce the risk of a fatal head injury. Invest in high-quality, reflective protective clothing, including jackets, pants, gloves and boots. This gear shields you from the cool air and rain and makes you more visible to other motorists.

Brush up on traffic laws

Familiarizing yourself with Minnesota’s traffic laws is essential for every motorcyclist. For instance, lane splitting, or riding between lanes of traffic, is illegal in Minnesota. Understanding and adhering to this law can prevent fines and reduce the risk of accidents caused by unexpected maneuvers that other drivers may not anticipate.

Unfortunately, you may be hit by another driver even if you’re being safe. This would necessitate immediate medical attention to address any injuries. If a crash occurs due to a negligent driver, you may choose to seek compensation. Working with a legal representative who can build your case while you heal can be beneficial. Remember, Minnesota has strict time limits for these cases, so you should act quickly.