Motorcycles are an enticing mode of transportation during warmer months when the weather is nice and the daylight hours are longer. Bikes use less fuel than cars and trucks, are easier to park along the roadway, and allow riders to see more of the scenery as they pass. However, due to their smaller size, motorcycles have inherent dangers when sharing the road with larger vehicles.
Here are some easy ways to stay safe as a motorcyclist in South Carolina.
Wear a helmet
South Carolina only requires people under the age of 21 to wear a helmet by law. However, it is very much in everyone’s best interest to wear a helmet anyway. Riders who crash while wearing a helmet are much less likely to suffer severe head injuries or die as a result of the accident. In addition to wearing a helmet, wearing protective clothing also helps protect riders from injuries such as road rash in the event of a crash.
Never drive impaired
This goes for drivers of all vehicles, including those operating bicycles and motorcycles. When drinking alcohol or using marijuana outside of the home, arrange to have a designated driver or consult a rideshare service. Driving tired is also a bad idea, as fatigue carries many of the same risks as driving under the influence of a substance such as alcohol.
Riding can be fun, and knowing the steps to take to stay safe ensures that motorcyclists and others on the road can continue enjoying their rides with minimal personal or legal risks.