- In 2012, there were approximately 8.5 million motorcycles operating on the roads.
- In 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
Practice Basic Motorcycle SafetyBasic motorcycle safety is pretty simple: Learn to properly ride your bike and how to dress yourself once you’re ready to hit the pavement.
Take a Motorcycle Safety CourseOne of the best ways to stay safe on a motorcycle is to take a motorcycle safety course. In fact, some states require motorcycle safety courses before you can get your motorcycle permit, license, or endorsement and even reward you with license fee waivers. You might even get a motorcycle insurance discount for taking a motorcycle safety course. Perhaps the most universally used motorcycle safety courses are those from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The MSF offers a variety of both online and hands-on courses for beginners just starting out on their bikes to advanced motorcyclists who want to sharpen their skills and mingle with other riders. Motorcycle safety courses teach you about a variety of topics related to motorcycle riding skills such as information about:
- Getting your motorcycle license.
- Purchasing motorcycle insurance, including personal injury protection.
- Wearing motorcycle safety gear (check “Wear Motorcycle Safety Gear,” below).
- Riding individually and with groups.
- Your bike’s mechanics.
- How alcohol and substance abuse affect your riding.
- Riding at night.
- Increasing your and your bike’s visibility.
Wear Motorcycle Safety GearNow that you’re ready to get out on the road…wait! First, you have to gear up. Some of the most common pieces of motorcycle safety gear include:
- Goggles or other eye protection.
- Leather or denim jackets and pants.
- Rain gear.
- Hearing protection.