Now that summer is in full swing in Tennessee, you likely spend a good deal of time riding your motorcycle. If you are like most such enthusiasts, nothing gets your juices flowing like the call of the open road.
Motorcycle riders face challenges in gaining the attention of other drivers. Some motorcyclists believe that if their bikes generate enough noise, such as through loud exhaust pipes, it will be enough to alert nearby Tennessee drivers to their presence. However, as the Huffington Post explains, a loud motorcycle is often insufficient to alert other motorists. There are a number of reasons why motorcyclists should not count on their noise to keep other drivers aware of their presence.
As spring approaches, many Tennessee drivers look forward to hitting the open road on their motorcycles. Along with the newfound freedom they enjoy, they also face additional risks from drivers who are not used to sharing the road with motorcyclists. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, the rate of fatalities from motorcycle accidents has increased since 1998, and 134 people were killed in 2017 alone. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office estimates there were 357 crashes involving motorcycles in 2017.
Of all the different ways to increase safety while riding on a motorcycle, from checking your motorcycle brakes to taking bike riding courses, the idea that the clothes you wear can make you safer might seem out of the ordinary. Yet the wrong set of clothes could make your motorcycle ride more hazardous or even deadly. There are a number of reasons why you as a Tennessee motorcyclist should watch what you wear.
The most common cause of serious motorcycle collisions is when a driver pulls out into the motorcyclist's path. Motorcyclists are not always easy to see, so drivers may think they're able to pull out while the reality is that they're cutting off another person's route.
One of the most difficult things to deal with when you're a motorcyclist is construction work. Uneven roads pose a danger as you try to stay in even lanes, and loose gravel could cause you to slide.