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Motorcycle ridersAs a Georgia resident and motorcycle rider, you need to be adequately safe whenever you go out on the road. Check out these 10 tips and make sure you're protected.
  1. Wear a Good Helmet. Helmets are the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear to reduce the extent of head injuries. Use a helmet that at the very least has a U.S. DOT label. When purchasing a helmet make sure that it fits comfortably and snuggly. If in doubt about the fit, ask for help from the store clerk
  2. Wear Eye Protection. Georgia requires the use of an eye protective device when operating a motorcycle unless your bike has a windshield. Proper eyewear helps protect your eyes from insects, dirt, rocks, or other airborne matter.
  3. Wear Riding Gear. What you wear when riding should be designed to protect your skin in case you fall. Proper clothing will also protect you during bad weather. Durable gloves make it easier to grip the controls, help protect your hands from the elements and help lessen injury if you go down. Proper footwear will protect your feet, ankles, and lower parts of the legs.
  4. Ride Legal. Ride Smart. Proper training and education will expose you to critical skills needed to enjoy a safe and exciting ride. Georgia requires all motorcyclists to take and pass the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse™ before being endorsed and licensed to legally ride in Georgia.
  5. Make Yourself More Visible to Motorists. Reflective stickers on helmets will make the highest part on your bike—your head—more conspicuous and helps ensure that other motorists will spot you. Wear a jacket with reflective patches or tape.
  6. Make Your Motorcycle More Visible. Always ride with your low beams on during the day. Equip your bike with a DOT-approved headlight modulator. Modulators draw attention by altering the frequency of your headlight beam, which makes it appear to get intermittently brighter and dimmer.
  7. Ride Defensively. You’re sharing the road with thousands of cars and trucks. Pay special attention to your surroundings and leave yourself an out anticipating what could happen if you had to react immediately to another driver or traffic situation nearby.
  8. Ride Within Your Skills. Take the time to build your skills and only ride in situations where you know your skills are up to the job.
  9. Never Drink and Ride. Even the least amount of alcohol while riding increases a rider's chance of crashing. Riding a motorcycle involves good skills. The best way to keep your skills sharp is to ride sober.
  10. Carry Sufficient Motorcycle Insurance. Georgia law requires that you carry at least state minimum liability limits. Consider purchasing more coverage if you can. Insurance protects you and pays for unforeseen expenses in case of injuries to you, your passenger, your bike or other vehicles. The same reasons for purchasing sufficient auto insurance apply to motorcycle insurance also.
Call us for a Georgia motorcycle insurance quote at 478-788-9188.
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