You are 37 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than a car crash, according to the NHTSA.
The majority of these fatalities result from simple mistakes that are very preventable by taking the following precautions:
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, no matter what. Even on a scooter or a bicycle, always protect your head.
- Wear protective gear, including jacket, jeans, protective armor, boots, gloves, etc.
- Always do a pre-ride check, making sure everything is in good working order.
- Watch out for things like sand, grass clippings, water, ice and other materials that can cause you to slip
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or any impairing substance, 28% of riders killed are under the influence of alcohol
- Be courteous, follow the rules of the road and be respectful of other cars and rides
For more safety tips, visit the Springfield Police Department page.
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