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image of couple riding motorcycleBefore you set out on your motorcycle, take a look outside and think about where you will go. What conditions will you encounter on the way?

Navigating your bike means being aware of road conditions and the space around you. Remember, you face different circumstances when you ride your bike than when you drive a car. Riding your bike exposes you to the elements and to different risks on the road. You might expose yourself to extra insurance risks on your bike.

Keep aware when you ride, and be a conscientious biker.

1. Follow the Law

Every state has different requirements for motorcycle riders. Make sure you keep your bike’s registration and operating endorsements current. Also carry the appropriate insurance.

Make sure you obey all traffic laws just like any other driver. Do not speed, or drive recklessly. Remember that your bike is much more sensitive than the average car. It requires a skilled touch to keep on the road.

2. Stay aware of other drivers.

We all know that it is important to share the road with other drivers. Always stay aware of other people on the road. You pose a risk to them, and they pose a risk to you. You can’t expose other drivers to other risks, however, you can’t expect them to always be on the lookout for you.

If you collide with another driver, you do face extra risks. You could sustain severe injury based on the exposure of the bike as opposed to other traffic. Always make sure that you stay a safe distance from other traffic.

3. Wear proper gear

Most states require riders to wear certain safety gear when biking. However, requirements vary. The most important element of gear to consider is a helmet. You often should consider other gear like pads, riding boots, and insulated clothing.

4. Properly operate your bike’s signals

Some bikes come with driving signals, like the standard car. Make appropriate use of wipers, turn signals and lights when needed. Keep these systems in good working order.

As a bike operator, you might have to learn manual hand signals as part of state driving requirements. Learn these signals and use them appropriately while you ride.

5. Watch the weather

Most bikers do not ride in inclement weather. Rain, snow and wind could all compromise the operational safety of the bike. Wet roads could cause the bike to slip while you ride and increase your risks of accidents.

Furthermore, make sure that you don’t expose yourself to weather risks like storms. Your exposure on the bike means your safety is at risk.

Always take care to operate your bike safely in the best conditions. Doing so can help you reduce your risks on the roads. It also poses a great assurance to your insurance liabilities.

Insurance Planning Service can help you get the correct Michigan motorcycle insurance for you. Call us at (800) 220-5582 for more information.

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