Motorcycle Safety Guide For Albertans
May 3, 2023
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but it comes with its own set of inherent risks. Due to their small size and lack of protective barriers, motorcycles can be especially vulnerable on the road.
If you’re an Alberta resident who enjoys riding a motorcycle, it’s important to prioritize safety above all else. Here are some key tips to help you stay safe while on the road:
Wear Proper Protective Gear
The right protective gear can make all the difference in the event of an accident. Make sure you always wear a DOT-approved helmet that fits properly, as well as a protective jacket with padding to absorb any impacts. Gloves, boots, and pants made from durable materials such as leather or Kevlar can also protect you in the event of a high-speed accident or slide.
Get Proper Training and Certification
To ride a motorcycle legally in Alberta, you must have a Class 6 driver’s license and complete a motorcycle rider training course. These courses will teach you the skills you need to operate a motorcycle safely, as well as defensive driving techniques to avoid potential accidents.
Follow Traffic Laws and Avoid Reckless Riding
Obeying traffic laws is crucial for your own safety as well as the safety of others sharing the road with you. This includes following speed limits, avoiding distracted riding (such as texting while riding), and always using your signals when changing lanes or turning.
Stay Alert and Aware
Due to their smaller size, motorcycles can easily become hidden in a driver’s blind spot. It’s important to stay alert and aware at all times, scanning the road ahead and using your mirrors to keep track of nearby vehicles. Avoid riding in wet or icy conditions whenever possible and make sure to adjust your riding for any poor weather conditions.
Regularly Maintain Your Motorcycle
Proper motorcycle maintenance is key for ensuring that your motorcycle is in top working condition. Regularly inspect your tires, brakes, lights, and signals for any potential issues, and have your motorcycle serviced by a licensed mechanic at least once a year.
By following these tips and prioritizing safety whenever you ride your motorcycle, you’ll be able to enjoy the open road with more peace of mind. Stay safe, stay alert, and happy riding!