As springtime approaches, you probably notice something in addition to the warmer weather and blooming flowers: more motorcycles on the roads of Northern Illinois.
Riding looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? Just imagine heading down IL Rte 20 with the sun shining and the road stretching out to the horizon. There are other benefits motorcycle riders enjoy as well, such as lower fuel costs and easier parking; but riding a motorcycle safely requires different skills than driving a car.
If you’re thinking that this is the year you’re going to buy your very own bike, let us at Spectrum Insurance Agency help you determine if a motorcycle is right for you. We’ve provided some questions below that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends you honestly answerbeforebecoming a bike owner.
Are you a risk-taker?Or are you safety-minded?
Think about how you drive your car. If you have aggressive tendenciesor do things like talk on your phone while driving, a motorcycle probably isn’t for you. Motorcycles lack the protection that cars can provide in an accident, so driver focus and caution are extremely important.
How is your vision? What about your balance and coordination?
It’s extremely important that you see well – peripherally and in general – when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles are not as visible as other vehicles on the road, so riders need to be alert and aware at all times. And, of course, riding requires balance and coordination, much like a bicycle. If you’re not great on non-motorized two-wheelers, you might want to think again about motorcycling.
Do you respect dangerous machinery?
When you use a chainsaw or other equipment that can cause harm, do you always follow the instructions and wear the proper safety gear? If not, a motorcycle probably isn’t right for you. Maintenance and protective equipment is vital to riding safely.What you might be able to get away with when driving a car or using power tools could lead to a tragic outcome on a motorcycle.
Are you willing to invest in riding safely?
The best way to stay safe on a motorcycle is to invest some time before you get on the bike. Take a safety course and learn how to ride the right way. Purchase the right gear, including approved helmets and padded clothing. And learn about properly maintaining your motorcycle.
If you’re prepared and commit to safe riding, motorcycling can be a great way to get around. The freedom you’ll feel on the road is different than driving any car, which is just one reason millions of people find riding to be incredibly rewarding.
And when you’re ready, we are too! Feel free to give us a call at 815-229-4040 or 815-248-2874 to discuss your motorcycle insurance optionsas well as safety tips!
Motorcycle safety resources
There’s a lot of great information out there about safe riding.We’ve just scratched the surface. To read more, check out:
· Motorcycle Safety Foundation: http://www.msf-usa.org
· SMARTER: http://www.smarter-usa.org
· Safeco Insurance motorcycle page: http://www.safeco.com/motorcycle-insurance/do-more