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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Motorcyclists

Happy 2014! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Will you lose weight? Be better about exercise? Spend more time with your wife or kids? These are all great ways to improve your life. We’d like to suggest one more resolution: a resolution for you and your bike.

Here are a few motorcyclist resolutions to consider:

  1. I will always wear my helmet – Georgia law requires that motorcyclists wear a DOT approved helmet. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 37 percent.
  2. I will use all my gear – Sometimes it is tempting to ride a bike in jeans and a t-shirt. However, motorcycle leathers do more than look cool—they protect your skin in the event of a motorcycle crash. Road rash is no joke. Wear your motorcycle jacket, pants, gloves and boots every time you ride.
  3. I will create a motorcycle maintenance schedule – The road and weather can take a toll on your bike. A regular maintenance schedule will make sure that any damage is found before it becomes a safety hazard.
  4. I will check my tire pressure every time I get on my bike – Too little or too much tire pressure can cause a tire blowout. Make a habit of visually inspecting your bike’s tires and measuring tire pressure every time you get behind the wheel.
  5. I will take an advanced motorcycle safety course or refresher motorcycle riding class –Even the most experienced riders develop bad habits. A motorcycle safety course will help you to identify and correct those habits. You may even learn some new skills.

Make safety a priority in 2014. The Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Kaufman Law wish you a happy and safe New Year.