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This article was published on December 2nd, 2020
Some motorcycle safety essentials are more important than others, but which should you take with you when you ride your motorcycle? In this blog post, we will highlight 5 things every motorcyclist should take on their trip.
Riding a motorcycle is one of the greatest feelings you can have and as summer draws to an end, motorbikes across the country are being dusted off for the final few times as motorcyclists make the most of the last few summer days.
If you’re a motorcyclist planning a trip on your motorbike, there are some essentials that every motorcyclist should have when they head out, whether it be for a day trip or a road trip around the UK.
First on your list of motorcycle safety essentials should be our app. While the prevailing feeling before a road trip is excitement, it’s important that you are prepared for any eventuality and unfortunately accidents do happen.
Recent figures show that over 19,000 motorcyclists are injured in road traffic accidents each year, and our specialist motorbike solicitors have seen first-hand the devastation that a motorcycle injury can cause.
As a result, our team have developed an app designed specifically for motorcyclists.
Motorcycle Assist allows you to:
Whilst our app is perfect if you’re planning a trip on your motorcycle within the UK, it’s also perfect for ever day use, whether you’re commuting or popping to the shops, you never know when an accident might happen.
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It goes without saying that you should wear a helmet that you like the look of, but more importantly a helmet that you feel comfortable in that has a high safety rating.
Whilst some helmets have Bluetooth earpieces and microphones built in, these can often inflate the price of a helmet, making them too expensive for some motorcyclists.
However, if you are heading on a motorcycle trip you’ll want to keep in touch with whoever you’re riding with, in case you spot an irresistible spot you want to stop at suddenly or to relay the giant pothole you just narrowly avoided.
Whatever you may want to do on your ride, communication is key and ensuring you wear a Bluetooth headset on your trip allows you to keep in contact with those riding with you.
When selecting the Bluetooth headset that’s right for you, make sure you are comfortable wearing it as you’ll probably be doing so for a prolonged period of time.
Nothing stops the jovial feeling of a motorcycle trip quite like a flat battery. Don’t let a battery come between you and your ride, be prepared and make sure you have a self-starting jump starter in your rucksack or saddle bag.
Jumpstart tools are more compact than ever before and those with built-in batteries are perfect for motorcyclists who like to embark on a road trip on their own as they’ll have no need to hook their battery up to another vehicle.
If you love motorcycles then riding one is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face, but that smile could be interrupted by debris from the road, dust or even flies.
Neck gaiters sometimes known as neck buffs help prevent this from happening. Whether you need protection from the wind for your full head, your face or you need to tie your hair back, a neck buff can tick all the boxes.
Neck buffs are also just as useful in the heat of the summer. Many motorcyclists soak them in cold water, consequently, they act as a refreshing cooling aid when they are worn on a ride.
If you’re heading out on a long trip then having a basic tool kit with you could prove invaluable, however it’s one of the motorcycle safety essentials that is often overlooked.
Sadly mechanical failures can be all too familiar for some motorbike owners and ensuring you have the basic tools to fix a range of potential issues can mean that you can ride safely in the knowledge that should you suffer a minor issue you’ll be well-placed to fix it yourself.
Failing that make sure you are signed up to a roadside assistance service such as The RAC or The AA.
Staying safe on your motorcycle is essential and being prepared for a range of scenarios as you embark on a motorcycle trip can mean you are in the best possible position to fully enjoy your ride.
However, should the worst happen and you are involved in a motorcycle accident our specialist motorbike solicitors are here to help.
With the Cat & Fiddle, a popular route for motorcyclists, on our doorstep and with our firm working closely with a number of motorcycling clubs and groups in the area, we have developed an unrivalled understanding for the needs of motorcyclists who may have been injured in a motorbike accident.
We also offer a free initial consultation so that we can learn more about your motorcycle accident, how it has affected you, what injuries you have suffered and how best to progress with your claim.
If you would like to speak to a member of our motorcycle injury team, please call 0800 1979 345 or if you would like to be contacted at a more suitable time, please submit an enquiry by completing our online form and a member of our team will be in touch.