People everywhere are shaking off the winter blues as temperatures climb and enjoying the outdoors in a variety of activities, including motorcyclists.
Warm, sunny days are the perfect conditions for a motorcycle ride, but some brave riders will be on the roads in any weather, so DRPS is reminding motorists to stay alert during this season as they are not always as visible as larger vehicles. Also, motorists should check blind spots for these smaller vehicles.
Before riders embark on a journey of any length it's important to ensure the bike is road ready and while riding, all traffic rules are obeyed.
Riders, consider the safety tips below before you hit the road:
* Check tires and wheels thoroughly to ensure the pressure is correct after the winter. Motorcycles are required to have two brakes (front and rear).
* The engine oil and fuel levels should be checked before you ride your motorcycle, like any vehicle.
* Mufflers should be in good condition so they do not smoke or make unnecessary noise.
* An approved, undamaged helmet should be worn at all times. This is a violation of the Highway Traffic Act and failure to do so can result in a fine.
* Riding gear should also be worn such as a jacket with shoulder and elbow padding, leather gloves, leather pants and boots to protect you in case of a fall or collision.
* Be aware, not all motorists may see you so approach intersections with caution. Check over your shoulder and leave space between your bike and other vehicles. Wearing bright coloured clothing can help motorists see you better. Headlights and rear lights must always be on. Also, ensure turn signals and brake lights work properly, if not you must use hand signals.
* As with motor vehicles, operating a motorcycle while impaired with alcohol or drugs is prohibited.
* Most motorcycle collisions are caused by speeding. Obey the speed limit; watch the signs and drive according to the road conditions.
DRPS wants motorcyclists to be cautious and safe while riding to avoid serious collisions and fatalities. For more information on safe riding and motorcycle training visit the Ministry of Transportation's website. For further information, please contact the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5235.
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