Whether you just got a motorcycle or you have been riding for decades, it is always important to keep laws and safety tips in mind. Without the proper motorcycle endorsement on your driver license (CY) or safety measures, you could end up in trouble. Remember that education and training is an ongoing process and does not end when you get your motorcycle endorsement.
Michigan has specific motorcycle laws you should always remember. There are also some universal tips that every rider should follow. Here are the most important things you should keep in mind to avoid legal trouble and collisions.
1. Wear a good helmet
It should go without saying, but it is best to wear a motorcycle helmet that passes the standards set by the Department of Transportation. A DOT-approved helmet will protect your head in the event of an accident. While Michigan law does not require helmets if you are 21 years old or older and have medical benefits, you should always wear one to be as safe as possible.
2. Protect your body
You need more than just a helmet to ensure you are protected from injuries if you crash. According to the Michigan state government, you should wear pants, long sleeves, gloves and boots that go over your ankles. This protective gear should be made from thick leather or Kevlar to provide the best protection.
3. Inspect your motorcycle
Minor technical failures can result in a major accident. Perform an inspection before each ride to prevent these failures. You should check your tire pressure, tread and bearings. Your headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals should all work. Make sure your brakes feel firm and hold your ride when you apply them.
This is just a quick overview of some of the most crucial tips you should follow as a motorcyclist. Make sure you never stop learning how to be a better rider.