Taking a long road trip is a rite of passage for motorcyclists. While fun and freeing, long journeys on a motorcycle can also be challenging. Proper planning is key, both to remain comfortable and ensure you’re safe during your excursion. Here are some ways you can make your next motorcycle adventure a safe one.
Take Plenty of Breaks
Fatigued driver is a real danger on the road, especially for motorcyclists. Never try to push through tiredness, as doing so can greatly increase your risk of experiencing an accident. Instead, schedule rest breaks every two hours or so to prevent fatigue in the first place. If you stop overnight at a hotel during your journey, make sure you get enough sleep before heading out in the morning. Being rested will make for a much safer journey.
Wear Goggles & Ear Plugs
Goggles protect your eyes from flying debris and wind, both of which can cause irritation. Hearing protection is another important concern. Even if you love the sound a motorcycle makes when it’s firing on all cylinders, it’s bound to get annoying after so long. Prolonged loud noises can also damage your hearing, so earplugs are a must.
Check the Condition of Your Bike
The last thing you want during your trip is a broken-down motorcycle. Not only is it inconvenient, it can also be dangerous if you break down on a busy highway or a place where it will take several hours for a tow truck to arrive. Schedule a maintenance check and have repairs made before you go. Also, consider implementing roadside assistance service through your insurance company in case you need help.
Make Sure Belongings Are Secure
Losing your belongings on the road will surely derail your trip. You can secure items to your bike using bungee cords and netting, which will keep them firmly attached. Waterproof bags are also recommended in the event you’re caught in a rainstorm. Keep important documents, such as insurance papers, in waterproof bags just in case.
Long treks through hot weather can cause dehydration to set in quickly. Be sure you have access to fresh water during your journey by packing at least two gallons on your bike. You can also invest in a hydration backpack, which provides a steady supply of fresh drinking water while you ride. If you feel overheated, pull off where you can and spend some time in a cool, shaded place until you recuperate.
The attorneys at Hinkle Law Offices have a genuine interest in the safety and security of motorcyclists in New Mexico. Along with providing helpful safety tips, this law firm also helps injured bikers seek justice when involved in accidents with negligent drivers.
If you’ve been injured and have questions, call (505) 883-4357 today to schedule a consultation with a compassionate attorney. If you’d like more information, please contact us online.