The weather is warming up in many places, bringing us beautiful blue skies and sunshine. That means that a lot more motorcycles will be taking to the pavement. While motorcycle riding is a great outdoor activity, especially under the sunshine of the Pacific Northwest, it is important to remember that it can also be very risky. That’s why it’s important to always remember safety rules and tips for staying out of harm’s way when riding.
In Pemberton Township, New Jersey a man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after rear-ending a car on his motorcycle. It is believed that the motorcyclist, Charles VanWinkle, did not see the car because of sun glare.
There are tips to take note of in order to avoid running into the same kind of problem:
• Wear a full-face helmet that has a built-in sun shield.
• Take a break from riding. After a few minutes, the sun should be at a different angle, allowing you to see well.
Always give yourself time to respond. The faster you are riding, the faster your reaction time needs to be. You never know when a car might “come out of nowhere”, and you should be prepared to deal with such situations in a calm and safe manner. If you don’t give yourself enough time to respond, you can end up over-correcting your steering, causing further danger and potential for an accident.
With the weather getting nicer, it makes sense that you’d want to get on that bike that’s been sitting in the garage all winter. Do so, just be safe about it!