Spring is in the air! Riding your bike for the first time of the season can be an exhilarating experience. After a long winter like ours and eager desire for it to be behind us, it can also be a dangerous one. Take the time to consider the following motorcycle safety tips before shinning off the chrome and heading off on two wheels.
First and foremost, ensure you are properly licensed and well versed in the motorcycle rules of the road. In Alberta you must be:
- 16 years of age,
- hold a valid driver’s license, and
- have a person supervise you while learning.
A written motorcycle test (class 6 knowledge test) can be taken at any Alberta Registry Office. Following completion of the written component of the motorcycle test, all new riders are encouraged to take a motorcycle safety course. Talk to your Insurance Broker to see whether you will be eligible for any insurance discounts for these courses. Once you are comfortable on the bike you can procced to take your road test (class 6 road test).
Once you are fully licensed and for the seasoned riders, keen to go, consider taking a practice run or two, especially if you are a newer driver or heading out for the first time this season.
In Alberta, helmets are mandatory for all operators and passengers on motorcycles. Motorcycle jackets and pants that cover your torso, arms and legs completely, is recommended. Proper footwear, gloves and hearing protection will complete your motorcycle ensemble.
Take the time to perform a pre-season motorcycle inspection. The following key areas should be addressed:
- Tires: check to ensure they are properly inflated and have good treads without any puncture points;
- Wheels and rims: check to ensure there is no damage or leaks
- Lights and electrical – brake lights, turn lights, instrument lights, all need to be working
- Fluids – refresh and top up all fluids;
- Do a general check over your motorcycle including the clutch, throttle, mirrors and brakes.
One last detail before you enjoy the open road, make sure you have your motorcycle insurance policy up-to-date.
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