The cold is slowly creeping away and spring is right around the corner. For motorcyclists around Georgia, especially in Atlanta, that means it’s time to ride once again. But on the Atlanta and Georgia ever-busy roadways, motor cycle accidents and injuries occur to often. The experienced motorcycle injury attorneys at Hinton and Powell are here to help, with these helpful tips to ensure you enjoy your ride these coming spring and summer months.
It may seem obvious, but the most important safety precaution you can take as a motorcyclist is staying on top of the condition of your helmet. Some riders will tell you to change your helmet every 3-5 years, while other feel that a helmet can go as many as seven years. Much of it depends on your riding schedule. If you’re using your helmet a lot over the years, check for wear and tear after a season of idle use. A helmet is oftentimes the only thing between you and a severe motorcycle accident injury. Do yourself a favor and make sure it’s in top form.
Like you, chances are your motorcycle has been sitting inside for most of these winter months. Make sure everything is ready to go. And that includes yourself! After you peak under the lid and check your fluids, breaks, and motor, get yourself back into spring riding shape and take a practice ride. Find a parking lot at a mall on a Sunday morning and cruise around and make sure everything seems right before hitting the open roads this spring.
If you’ve ridden a motorcycle, you probably think you know everything about doing so. But that’s simply not always the case. Not only does taking a motorcycle riding course, even if it is a beginner’s refresher course, help you get back into the swing of spring, but many times it will cut your insurance premium. Insurance companies will offer discounts for courses, but it also keeps you safe and up-to-date on any new laws or methods you should know.
You know that whole celebrity fashion thing? See and be seen? That holds true to safe motorcyclists as well, especially on the hectic roadways of Atlanta. When spring comes, so do longer days. If you are taking a long cruise, make sure you are probably dressed and your motorcycle is properly equipped for those tricky dusk and night time drives. But make sure you keep others on watch as well. Follow all laws and share the road just like you are in a car and you will have an enjoyable ride this spring.
These gloomy winter months are finally ready to go into hibernation. That means it’s time to hit the road and ride. Hinton and Powell are your Atlanta motorcycle injury attorneys. While we have plenty of years of experience protecting your rights in motorcycle accidents, we also know how to prevent them before they happen. Follow these tips for safe motorcycle riding this spring or contact us for more information today!