May is considered the nation’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It is the month of motorcycles and motorcyclists across the country. U.S. House of Representatives pass House Resolution 269, which designates May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
This month motorcyclists are ready for the warm weather, with helmets ready and engines reviving. This is the month that gives opportunities for them to ride their bikes again. However, whether you enjoy riding you Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati or something else, motorcycling can be ultra enjoyable when done in a safe manner.
During this safety awareness month, GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), an auto insurance company and Pro-tour motorcycle riders release a videotape. This video is featuring Danny Eslick and Michael Barnes which are pro riders. It provides reminders on how to stay a little safer on the road.
These reminders are featured like preparing your bike, your body and your brain. Also, before starting your ride makes sure that you check your tire pressure, clutch and brake levers. And if you are riding on the street, be sure that the fluid levels are full and test the lights and horn.
In addition, make sure that you are prepared for anything by wearing gloves, eye protection and a helmet. As they said, “dress for the crash, not the ride.”
Other safety precautions are given, such as not turning the key until you’ve turned off the noise and when driving against multi-tons cars be focused and alert when riding your bike. Stay alert, driving distracted is dangerous. Not every crash can be avoided, but there’s a lot you can do to avoid a crash. Practice emergency breaking and focus on your balance — the smoother you ride the better. Remember to get practice riding with passengers as the riding experience is much different than riding alone.
For the Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides there are five basic road riding rules to follow to ensure that everyone, riders and non-riders alike, can enjoy a beautiful and safe spring season. The following are:
- Get properly trained and licensed
- Wear all protective gear, all the time
- Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs
- Ride within your own skill limits and obey traffic laws
- Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher Rider Courses
We must bear in mind the following reminders for everyone’s benefit and to ensure a safe Motorcycle Awareness Month for 2010.