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What are some motorcycle riding tips I should remember?

Staying safe on a motorcycle is a full time job. You can't get lax in following safety procedures. If you do slack off a bit, you might put yourself in a position where you are at risk of being injured.

Whether you are a new rider or have been riding for many years, you can probably use a brush up on some basic safety pointers. Think about these points.

What should I wear when I ride my motorcycle?

You need to wear gear that will protect you. A helmet is often a source of contention for motorcycle enthusiasts. Wearing one can increase your safety considerably. Riders who don't wear helmets are 40 percent more likely to end up with a fatal head injury in an accident. You also need to wear clothing that can protect you. Reinforced pants and leather are good ideas here. Solid-soled shoes are also a good idea.

What tips should I remember when I drive?

You should always drive defensively. Remember that other drivers aren't likely going to watch for your motorcycle in the way they should. You should make sure that you follow all traffic laws to ensure that you remain safe. Try to avoid riding when the weather isn't nice and pay attention for road hazards.

Ultimately, you might not be able to stop an accident if another driver isn't driving safely. If you are injured in a crash, you can opt to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. This can help you to recoup the money that you have to spend on medical care and other expenses related to the accident.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed April 20, 2017

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