Theodore “Ted” Catino is a cofounder of GigSmart, an app that seeks to connect workers with businesses and nonprofits that need projects completed. Outside of his obligations to the company, Ted Catino enjoys motorcycling in his spare time.
Motorcyclists need to take a number of precautions to stay safe on the road. Some key safety considerations for veteran and novice riders include:
1. Stick to your comfort level. Choose a motorcycle that fits your physique and level of experience. You should be able to rest your feet flat on the ground when seated, and the bike needs to be light enough to easily maneuver. Ensure you can mount and dismount the motorcycle with ease and that you can reach the handlebars without straining.
2. Wear appropriate clothing and gear. The clothing you wear while riding can greatly impact your safety and significantly affect the extent of your injuries in the event of an accident. Clothing like T-shirts, sandals, and shorts leave skin exposed and do not provide enough padding to protect you from harm. For optimum safety, wear pants, reinforced jackets, and fitted gloves, as well as closed, over-the-ankle footwear and a helmet with a visor or goggles.
3. Avoid riding in bad weather. Unlike cars and other closed vehicles, motorcycles leave you largely exposed to the elements. Rain also reduces visibility and increases the likelihood of error due to slippery roads, which can cause the motorcycle to slide if you brake too fast or turn too sharply.
4. Stay alert and drive defensively. Remain on constant alert throughout your motorcycle ride and keep watch on the traffic activity around you. Many motorcyclists and vehicle organizations advise a defensive approach to riding.
5. Perform regular bike maintenance. Conduct regular maintenance checks on your motorcycle to ensure proper functionality and positioning for the chain, belt, shaft, and other components. A walk-around before each ride also increases your safety and can help prevent accidents as a result of faulty parts.