Are you thinking about saving up for a motorcycle? Maybe you used to ride a motorcycle but it’s been a long time since and you’re hoping to get back into the hobby. Either way, if you foresee a motorcycle in your life soon, you can never be too prepared. When we’re riding on a motorcycle, our entire body is exposed to the elements around us. The closest to the ground, of course, is our feet - therefore, our feet are the most likely to be injured first if you ever got into an accident. This is why it’s so important to keep our feet in mind when practicing motorcycle safety! Here are some great tips on how to put your best foot forward when riding a motorcycle:
In order to become licensed to operate a motorcycle, you have to take a motorcycle driving course. Safety on your new bike is gone over during this course, but it’s not the entire focus. In addition to your driving lessons, find a course that’s entirely about motorcycle safety.
Be sure to do a fair amount of research about proper footwear for rides on your motorcycle. Obviously, you don’t want to hit the roads in flip-flops! Supportive and protective shoes are best. Most commonly, you see skilled motorcyclists wearing boots!
Ride within your skill level
By keeping the safety of your feet in mind, you’re also keeping your safety as a whole in mind! If you haven’t been riding in some time, or if you’re entirely new to it, don’t start with long, difficult rides first. Take it slow and go from there!
This should go without saying, but remember to reduce your distractions. If you’re new to riding, try not to drive closely to larger vehicles or test out your stereo until you feel more comfortable.
Stay alert & look twice
As with reducing your distractions, be sure to stay alert and look twice before making any turns or lane changes. It’s the responsibility of other drivers to be alert and look twice as well, but it’s better to be extra safe than sorry.
Got more questions? Looking for more tips and tricks? Call us today at (212) 697-3293 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Les J. Glubo, Dr. Dawn Figlo, and Dr. Mohammad Z. Rimawi at our podiatry office in Manhattan, New York City.