Halton police offer tips to motorcycle riders as weather warms up


Published May 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Most motorcycle owners have pulled their two-wheeled machines out of storage for the spring but here are some timeless tips to ensure you remain safe.

According to Halton police, riding a motorcyclist is riskier than driving a car. In fact, a crash as a motorcyclist is almost 30 times more likely to be fatal than as a motorist.

There are a number of steps you should take to stay safe as a motorcyclist.

Take a safety course

New riders should take a safety course. You will learn the appropriate actions to take in unpredictable riding situations that can arise. Driving a motorcycle requires skill and good judgment and a safety course can help you practice these. Consider an advanced riding course to learn collision avoidance manoeuvres, advanced turning, control tips and braking techniques.

Gear up

No matter how hot it is outside, shorts, a T-shirt and sandals are not proper riding attire. You can go for extreme protection with leathers or reinforced jackets, pants and boots.

Glasses or goggles are a must if you have an open-faced helmet and, to protect your hands, you should always wear gloves. In warm weather there is specially-designed gear that is intended for ventilation and cooling.

Inspect your ride

Make sure your motorcycle is in proper working order every time you go for a ride. This includes checking tire pressure, mirrors and lights. Taking a quick walk around your bike will give you an idea if there are any loose bolts, leaks or other potential mechanical hazards. Be diligent about regular care and maintenance.

Use your head

Don’t rely solely on your mirrors to remain aware of what’s in your immediate riding space. It’s important to keep your head and eyes up while rounding corners and that the safest way to change lanes is to actually turn and look over your shoulder to make sure you are clear. You will also be able to get a feeling for whether other drivers are paying attention to you.

Watch the road

Pay attention to the road you are riding on. Err on the side of caution when going into curves; be vigilant for potential gravel or other unstable road conditions. Be careful when crossing rail road tracks because the paint can be slippery—the same goes for the white lines at stoplights.

Never drive impaired

Operating a motorcycle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, puts you and all road users at risk.

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