With the weather finally getting warmer, many motorcyclists are probably getting excited for the new riding season. For the next few months, the days will be long, sunny, and perfect for going for a ride. But before it’s time to hop on to a bike and hit the open road, there are a few things motorcyclists should take care of to ensure their safety on the road.
You should be able to depend on your motorcycle to run smoothly and not worry about losing control of it while you’re riding. Failing to keep up with motorcycle maintenance poses a lot of risks for the rider and the other people on the road with them.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident injury, a Biloxi motorcycle accident lawyer from Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law can help you get compensation for your injuries. The negligence of others that caused the collision may have given you injuries that prevent you from working or living your everyday life. Your rights will be protected with Corban Gunn at your side.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries, but a major one for riders is burns because they lack the protection of a car. The friction from hitting the ground can tear skin and cause various degrees of burns. Severe burns can get infected, require professional medical care and hospitalization, and cause permanent scarring. Burns that only affect the first layer of skin can be treated at home, but can still be painful.
What Do You Need to Check for the New Riding Season?
To make sure your vehicle is safe, take time to check the following areas of your motorcycle before riding it.
- Fuel. Using old gas can be dangerous because it can deteriorate and block passageways. Make sure to drain the old gas and replace it with new gas. You should also check your oil.
- Tires. Tires with worn tread or cracks are a major concern for road safety. Old tires have less grip on the road and can create issues with turning or braking. If your tires aren’t worn, they may have lost air from sitting and not being used. Check your tire pressure as well.
- Brakes. Your brake system needs to be checked. This includes the brake lines, fluid, and pads. Squealing brake may indicate that they’re old and worn. Replace anything that needs it.
- Battery. Some motorcyclists may have maintained their motorcycle battery throughout the winter so it would be ready to go in the spring. But don’t panic if you haven’t. You need to check the water levels of the batteries. The battery then needs to be charged.
- Steering. You should make sure the steering is even and nothing is loose.
- Inspect Bike. Give your bike a once-over. Check the lights, turning signals, and carefully look at the bike for signs of any issues like rust. You may discover something and be able to fix it before it turns into a bigger and more expensive problem.
- Check Your Gear. Your protective gear while driving is just as important to your safety. Your helmet and clothes should be in good condition and fit well.
Following these tips will help you get ready for the upcoming season. You’ll be able to ride with peace of mind that your bike is safe and running at top performance.