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How to Prepare for a Safe Motorcycle Road Trip

If you are planning to take a motorcycle road trip from Texas, making sure that you prepare adequately is important for your safety. Here are some tips to make sure that your motorcycle road trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Plan Your Route in Advance 

One of the best things you can do to make sure that you are not at risk of any unforeseen complications is to plan your motorcycle road trip route in advance. By planning your route in advance, you will be able to plan for any road closures, gas stations for tank fill ups, rest stops, restaurants, and lodging along the way.

If you will be traveling with a group of riders, planning your route in advance also allows everyone to know to meet up points in the event of separation, as well as where the group will be stopping along the way.

Perform a Check Up On Your Motorcycle 

Before you head out on a ride or a long road trip, make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. If you have not had a tune up in a while, seek the help of a professional motorcycle mechanic or perform a check yourself. Make sure to check the following motorcycle components.

  • Headlights, rear lights, and brake lights
  • Oil levels
  • Brakes
  • Fuel level
  • Wheels (air pressure and tread)
  • Chain lubrication

Take your motorcycle for a short ride – do you hear anything unusual? Does anything feel “off”? If so, seek repairs to ensure that a breakdown on the road does not occur.

Get Your Safety Gear Organized 

If you are going on a road trip, you will likely be carrying a lot of your belongings. In addition to any basic things that you will need—such as a change of clothes—make sure to pack the appropriate safety gear too.

Safety gear to keep in mind includes:

  • A helmet
  • Appropriate riding clothing
  • An emergency kit
  • Your emergency kit should include an extra cellphone battery or charger, water, non-perishable food items, a basic first aid kit, basic tools to perform repairs, and a flashlight.

Stay Safe While On the Road! 

When you are on your motorcycle road trip, make sure to stay safe by always wearing your helmet and other safety gear, following traffic laws, and making sure that everyone in your group is aware of your riding formation and the route. If a motorcycle accident occurs when you suffer injuries, the attorneys at the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC may be able to help you. Call us today for a free consultation at 214-290-8001.

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