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Tips for safe motorcycle riding in the spring months

Spring is drawing closer every day, and it's a dangerous season for motorcycle riders. Drivers often forget about motorcycles in the colder months of the year, and they'll forget how to drive safely around them. Accidents can spike when both parties are not careful.

With that in mind, here are some key tips to help you ride safely this spring.

  • Work hard to become more visible. Remember that drivers may not see you and may not be looking for you. Bright clothing can help, as can reflective clothing. Headlights and taillights also help, and should be on at all times.
  • Stay out of blind spots. You're going to pass through them, but don't sit in them. Stay where you know drivers can see you.
  • Don't be afraid to use the horn. If a driver starts doing something suspicious, like edging over as if he's about to merge into your lane, lay on the horn.
  • Remember that drivers aren't the only danger. Spring weather often brings potholes, cracks and other road hazards. Watch out for them when you ride.
  • Look out for any debris on the pavement, like loose gravel.
  • Always use turn signals, even when you're just changing lanes. Some riders use hand signals as well.
  • Drive defensively. You have a right to safety on the highways of North Carolina, but that doesn't mean you'll always get it. Watch for hazards at all times and be prepared to react when other drivers make mistakes.

If you are involved in an accident, then it may be time to look into your options for financial compensation, which could cover lost wages, medical bills and more.

Source: Auto Insurance Center, "Motorcycle Tips for Safe Spring Riding," accessed Feb. 28, 2018

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