Road trips can be super fun, but also super dangerous. Going on a road trip on a motorcycle is far more challenging than going on a long-distance trip in a passenger car. For one, it is not like you can sleep in the backseat of your bike when you take breaks from the road.
Moreover, while you can pack tons of stuff for a road trip and put it all into the trunk of a car, there are not many things you can fit into your backpack if you go on a motorcycle road trip in summer.
Not to mention that riding a motorcycle on highways is far more dangerous than driving in a car, as motorcyclists on Florida’s highways and roads are more likely to sustain critical injuries or die in the event of a high-speed collision compared to car drivers.
Still, it is possible to enjoy your motorcycle road trip, and ensure that you stay safe throughout the trip and make it back home in one piece. We invited our Cooper City motorcycle accident attorney from the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman to compile a list of safety tips for motorcyclist preparing for a long-distance road trip in Florida this summer.
Safety tips for a motorcycle road trip in Florida
- Give your bike a thorough inspection. Better yet, let a skilled mechanic check your motorcycle before embarking on a road trip. Not only will the mechanic have to check that the tires are in good condition, but also inspect the fuel system, electrical system, valves, and fluids, among many other things.
- Plan your road trip in advance. You have probably heard this tip dozens of times before, and we will never get tired of reminding you about this over and over again. Usually, road trips take several days and involve riding for at least 8 or 10 hours straight (sometimes even more). It is vital that you plan where you will be stopping to eat, sleep, and rest throughout the trip.
- Feeling drowsy or fatigued? Get sleep. Seriously, just because you feel drowsy, sleepy, or fatigued, does not mean that you are weak. Most motorcyclists tend to ignore signs of drowsiness and fatigue thinking that true badasses never rest and sleep, and end up getting into a motorcycle accident because of drowsiness and fatigue results in slower reaction times.
- Exercise extra caution around trucks. “The most catastrophic and horrible motorcycle crashes occur when a truck is involved,” says our experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Cooper City. And you will be seeing many of those when riding a bike on highways. Maintain a safe distance from the large truck and give them plenty of space. And no matter how tempting it might be, never split lanes.
- Forget about lane splitting. In Florida, riding a motorcycle between two lanes of stopped or slow traffic is a violation of the law. Still, it is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents on highways and roadways.
- Avoid lingering in the blind spots. Period.
- Get a portable GPS system or map. Any road trip can go wrong if you are riding a bike in unfamiliar areas. So make sure you have a GPS system handy.
- Wear a helmet. Always. Also, consider getting a pair of earplugs to protect your ears. After all, you will be riding for a very long time.
- Carry first aid kit. It is never a bad idea to pack a basic first aid kit and take it with you on a motorcycle road trip.
- Follow traffic rules. Avoid texting or talking on the phone while riding a bike, keep your eyes on the road, do not ride a motorcycle under the influence or alcohol or drugs, and always be aware of your surroundings.
Have you been in a motorcycle accident? Consult with our Cooper City motorcycle accident attorney from the Law Offices of Bradley Hartman. Call at 954-438-1000 or fill out this contact form for a free case evaluation.