Motorcycle Safety – Common Practices

Motorcycle riders wear the right kind of boots.
Boots are a good idea when riding. Some people opt for leather and others textile. This depends on weather conditions since textiles are more likely to keep your feet dry. However, using a water-repellent cream on a pair of leather boots can also keep you dry. 

Ways to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle

Biking is exhilarating and every rider should enjoy their time on the road around Washington, D.C. Whether traveling alone or with a group of friends, it is essential to learn motorcycle safety. The truth is riding a motorcycle can be dangerous and caution is needed. It is a good idea to take a motorcycle awareness course even if you are an experienced rider. While you schedule your next class, here are the 12 top things you can do to stay safe.

Be Visible

Being seen by motorists can prevent accidents. To do this, many bikers wear bright clothing that makes their presence known. For instance, using a light-reflecting jacket at night or dusk when most accidents occur can prevent an accident.

Choose Who You Ride With Carefully

Not every biker is safety-minded. In fact, some defy the ways to stay safe by riding intoxicated and taking unnecessary chances. Many long-time bikers insist that the people they ride with obey motorcycle safety rules for everyone’s sake.

Don’t Ride Fatigued

Every biker knows how long they can ride without becoming excessively tired. It is essential to pay attention to this instinct. Stop if you are feeling tired, walk around, stretch and relax. Pushing it past your own fatigue limit can result in a devastating accident.

Gloves Are Important

Using the proper gloves is essential when riding. Your hands often take the brunt of accident injuries and can impede handling the bike properly or staying warm in cold weather. They also prevent sunburn and wind injury. Getting a good pair of gloves can also enhance your grip when riding. Choose the right fit since, without it, movement may be restricted.

Helmet Use for Motorcycle Safety

In Washington, D.C., all motorcycle riders must use a helmet. Wearing a helmet is the most important thing you can do to prevent head injury in a collision with a car or truck. Your helmet must be DOT certified. To check, look for the manufacturer, the name of the model and the letter-number string FMVSS218 to be sure. There are three types of helmets you can buy:

  • Full-face 
  • 75% coverage
  • 50% coverage

Of the three, 100% coverage gives you the best protection. Whichever type you purchase, make sure the fit is snug enough to prevent movement of the helmet when you are wearing it. 

Get a Good Jacket

This is the second most important decision you will make to stay safe. A good jacket protects you from the elements and in the event of a fall. Make sure the material works for you, depending on your location, and purchase one that lasts. Abrasion resistance is a critical factor when choosing a jacket. 

Boots for Motorcycle Safety

Boots are a good idea when riding. Some people opt for leather and others textile. This depends on weather conditions since textiles are more likely to keep your feet dry. However, using a water-repellent cream on a pair of leather boots can also keep you dry. 

Boots should fit comfortably and cover your ankle if possible. This is because the ankle needs support when riding. Motorcycle boots are more likely to have a closure that hides the shoelaces, good protection against entanglement. An oil-resistant sole provides traction.

The Clutch Can Help on Turns

If you don’t use the clutch or use it too much, the chance you will tip when making a turn is greater. Feathering the clutch helps you make this maneuver without a problem.

Escape Routes

It is vital to leave enough room to escape an accident. This includes when approaching a stoplight or during slowed traffic on a highway. Make sure you are not boxed in with nowhere to go. If this happens, you can be involved in a fatal accident or one with serious injuries.

Curve Caution

Curves can be dangerous for a motorcyclist. There is a tried but true maneuver that will help flatten the curve. Take the outside when entering the turn and transition to the inside once you are in the curve. Move to the outside as you exit the curve.

Don’t Change Your Ride to Keep Up With Others

When riding in a group, follow your instincts. Handle your bike the way you’ve learned. If others choose to follow their own path, that does not mean you need to.

Beware of Big Rigs

Extra caution is needed if you are riding near a big rig. Avoid pacing them and stay away from blind spots. If you need to pass, do it quickly. Don’t linger there. Remember that the air turbulence from a big rig can be problematic for a motorcyclist. 

Roeser Law Firm

My firm is here to help if you are in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent motorist. We investigate your claim and help ensure that you will receive the compensation you deserve. This is important in a motorcycle crash since injuries are often catastrophic. Call the Roeser Law Firm at (202) 660-4070 to schedule a free case review. You can also contact us online if that is easier for you. 

Zeke Roeser


3000 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 660-4070