Five Tips for Motorcycle Safety in South Dakota

With warm weather and the Sturgis Rally approaching, there are several motorcycle safety tips which are important to remember to avoid accidents and enjoy your ride this summer.

Tip #1 - Wear a properly fitted helmet. Helmets are one of the best protections you can use while riding.

Tip #2 - Wear protective eyewear to ensure your eyes are properly protected while riding your motorcycle. This includes making sure your protective eyewear is clean, the proper shade of tint, and free from any scratches. Do not rely on only your motorcycle's windshield to protect your eyes.

Tip #3 - Keep in mind that the front brake on your motorcycle provides the majority of the stopping power. Always use the front brake when slowing down or stopping and apply both brakes at the same time.

Tip #4 - Use the "SEE" method when driving in traffic. S: search around you for potential hazards when riding. E: evaluate any potential hazards you may see such as turning vehicles, blind spots of other drivers, or railroad tracks. E: execute the needed action in order to avoid the hazardous condition identified.

Tip #5 - Always perform a quick maintenance check of your motorcycle before riding. This includes checking the tire pressure, the lights, the controls, and the fluid levels. Before driving, check the brakes as well to make sure they are functioning properly.

Source: You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips