GEICO wants to make motorcycle safety a top priority during Motorcycle Safety Month
May 16, 2013
The following is an industry press release...
)--There’s nothing like being out on the open road with the throttle in
your hand and the wind at your back. But the most experienced motorcycle
riders know that an accident can happen in the blink of an eye.
May is motorcycle
safety month and GEICO
is raising awareness among riders and non-riders alike with a multitude
resources, and a safety
video from AMA Daytona Sportbike Champion Martin Cardenas to ensure
that everyone has a safe time this motorcycle season.
- Always wear a helmet – In many states, wearing a helmet is now
the law. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more
likely to sustain a critical head injury. Make sure your helmet
includes a face shield or protective eyewear.
- Wear protective clothing – Leather clothes, gloves and boots
with nonskid soles can protect you and minimize severe injuries in
case of an accident. Reflective clothing will also make it easier for
other drivers to see you.
- Take a safety course – There is no such thing as too much
training when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Play it safe and take a
motorcycle safety course. Safety courses such as the Motorcycle
Safety Foundation’s (MSF), will sharpen your riding skills. Experienced
riders can also benefit from refresher training. Some insurance
companies offer participants and instructors a discount in most states
for completion of a course.
- Follow the rules – Know the rules of the road, obey the speed
limit and local traffic laws. Remember to always pass vehicles and
other bikes on the passing lane and give yourself enough time to break.
- Ride defensively – Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle
accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider's right of way.
Ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change
in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful
in inclement weather.
- Don’t drink and ride – It’s illegal to operate a motorcycle
while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision
and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively.
- Check your bike – Make sure your motorcycle is ready for the
road by inspecting the tires for proper air and making sure the lights
are in good working condition. In addition, test the clutch and
throttle, adjust the mirrors and check the brake controls
military bike tour will roll into the Marine Corps Historic
Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Va., May 18 – 19; Charlotte Speed
Street Festival, Charlotte, N.C., May 23 – 26 and the Patriot Festival
and Air Show, Virginia Beach, Va., May 31 – June 2.
GEICO Insurance Agency offers protection
against risks such as natural disasters, personal injury, theft,
accidents, property damage, vandalism and liability, featuring
competitive rates, online quoting, multi-policy discounts and multiple
pay plan options. For more information, please visit www.geico.com/information/aboutinsurance/motorcycle/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com