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Safety With Alternative Forms of Transportation

With the state of the economy and the rising cost of living, many people are looking to alternative forms of transportation in order to save money.  Among these include: motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and bicycles.  However, before you catch a ride on one of these vehicles, it is important that you catch a glimpse of these safety tips in order to have a safe ride.

Here are some general tips to consider when using alternative means of transportation:

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing to maximize your visibility at night.
  • Wear a helmet designed with a hard outer shell and a retention system to protect the head and the brain in a variety of impacts.
  • If your helmet is not equipped with a face shield, wear goggles or glasses with plastic lenses to protect your eyes against insects, wind, dirt, rocks, or other airborne matter.
  • Wear elbow and knee pads.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes and avoid wearing sandals, flip-flops or shoes with laces.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Obey the speed limits and never travel faster than your skill level or the road conditions allow.
  • Know how to use hand signals and signal well before you make a turn or lane change.
  • Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
  • Avoid hitting road hazards, such as sharp bumps and holes in the road surface.
  • Be especially conscious of traffic from behind.
  • Check with your DMV to find out where local safety classes are being held.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local laws regarding your vehicle.