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How to Have a Safe 2014 Motorcycle Riding Season in Pennsylvania

With the cold and snowy 2013-14 winter coming to an end, you must be ready for the riding season – which means checking your motorcycle to ensure that it meets all the basic safety checks and requirements.  Safety should be a top priority for every motorcycle rider, but in the enthusiasm to get riding again in the spring, it's easy to forget the safety basics.

Use this motorcycle safety checklist to help you remember some ideas to prepare for the upcoming riding reason.  This list will help prevent an accident and an injury.

  • Tires: Check the tread on your tires, including the pressure in your tires – it can affect the way your bike handles.
  • Fluids: Check all oil and fluid levels (refer to your owner's manual for your bike's specs). Improper levels will negatively affect engine performance and motorcycle handling.
  • Lights: Test your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and four-way flashers. Motorcycle safety depends on motorcycle visibility; your lights are how you remain visible on the road.
  • Controls: Do an overall check of your bike's controls and handling.
  • Throttle: Test the clutch and throttle.
  • Brakes: Test the front and rear brakes one at a time.
  • Horn: Check the horn.
  • Mirrors: Adjust your mirrors before you begin moving.
  • Helmet & Gear: Motorcycle safety extends to gear as well. Your helmet should be free of cracks and fit snugly. Be sure that your helmet is approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Although not mandatory in Pennsylvania, wearing a helmet greatly increases your chance of survival if you're in an accident.
  • Know the Pennsylvania motorcycle insurance laws and licensing requirements.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Do not operate a motorcycle while distracted.
  • Do not drink and operate a motorcycle.

If you are injured in a Harrisburg motorcycle accident and you're looking for an Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney who knows how to handle a motorcycle accident injury case, Central PA is home to the experienced lawyers at Schmidt Kramer. Our personal injury attorneys will handle your motorcycle accident case with the utmost of care and get you the compensation that you deserve.  We handle motorcycle accident injury cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Dauphin County, Cumberland County, York County, Franklin County, Adams County, Perry County and Lebanon County. 

Call us today for a free consultation at 717-888-8888 or 1-888-476-0807.

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