While it came and went, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a continuous concern during the summer months in New England. With the warm weather having arrived, motorcyclists are back on the road. This means that both riders and motorists need to use more caution when behind the wheel. Our professionals at Brownell Insurance Center would like to take this opportunity to provide a few summer safety driving tips for both motorists and motorcyclists.
Stay Free of Distractions
A significant reason for the increase in motor vehicle/motorcycle accidents during the summer is due to distractions. These days there are more distractions than ever before. From texting to utilizing a GPS, handling pets or children, the list is long. Regardless of the reason, any distraction can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to colliding with a motorcyclist. Take the time to prepare before driving. What will you need? Where are you going? What is the best way to get there? Is everyone in the vehicle situated and have what is needed to make it through the trip?
By preparing, you put yourself and others in a safer position.
Remain Fully Alert and Aware
While this tip is imperative any time of the year, the summer months more so. And, it also applies to both motorists and motorcyclists. By remaining fully in control, alert, and prepared for anything, so position yourself for the safest journey. Always think ahead and be ready for the unexpected. From the surprise motorcyclist in your blind spot to the child running across the street, being able to respond quickly could save a life.
Do Your Due Diligence
Motorcycle safety courses are one of the best ways to learn, and refresh your riding skills. In the course, you will cover defensive driving, techniques to avoid crashing, and many more valuable lessons. While this in itself is enough reason to enroll in the course, a discount on your NH motorcycle insurance sweetens the deal.
In many states, motorcyclists that complete a safety course are favored when receiving an insurance quote. Other considerations include the type of motorcycle driven, deductible amount, and desired coverage. If you’re not sure what you need, please contact Brownell Insurance Center for expert, trusted advice.