The IBC’s top 10 tips for motorcycle safety

April 8th, 2015 by

As we head into spring and the weather gets warmer, many Canadians may be breaking out their motorcycles for riding season. Here are ten tips from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) for ensuring your safety:

  • Drive a motorcycle you can control. Buying a motorcycle that's too powerful for you to handle can lead to problems. Avoid the problem by test driving your motorcycle first. 
  • Take a safety course. Understand how and why it is important to keep safety in mind for the limits of your motorcycle, and know what you would have to do to quickly avoid an incident.
  • Pay attention to the weather and road conditions.
  • Have a DOT (Department of Transportation) approved helmet.  
  • Wear protective gear. Heavy denim or leather clothing can help protect you if you fall and prevent injuries such as burns and "road rash."
  • Stay focused on the road. 
  • Be visible on the road. "Assume car drivers can't see you, so leave them plenty of room," the IBC says. "Also, wear clothing or reflective materials that allow you to be seen."
  • Stay in the proper position in the lane. Practice safety by remaining in the right position in the lane. Avoid the middle, where oil from cars can build up.
  • Practice riding with others. Use a staggered pattern and hand signals when riding as a group. 
  • Takes rest stops regularly. "Being rested will help you focus on the roads," the IBC emphasizes.

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