When riding a motorcycle, you get to enjoy the fresh air and the freedom to go wherever you want. It provides a sense of liberation that you may not get from driving a car.
However, riding a motorcycle is regarded as extremely risky because motorists frequently tend to lose control. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of motorcycle accidents pose a high risk of injury or death. Therefore, you should be aware of the essential laws and regulations that make motorcycle riding safer for you and other pedestrians.
- License and Insurance
Some states, such as Colorado, will allow you to attach a motorcycle license to your regular driver’s license. While others, like Arizona and Alabama, may need you to obtain a separate motorcycle license, which requires you to pass a written motorcycle test or finish a course.
Insurance coverage requirements for your motorcycle vary depending on the state you are in. There will definitely be a minimum coverage requirement. Motorcycles are excluded from the usual liability standards that apply to automobiles in the District of Columbia, and your state may follow suit. Check with your local D.M.V. to be sure you’re covered.
- Road Safety
Motorcycles registered for use on public highways must meet the required specifications of the state in which they are registered in addition to federal safety regulations.
Furthermore, motorcyclists must constantly use headlights in many states, which helps oncoming traffic spot them. Riding between traffic lanes is illegal in all states, and riding two or more motorcycles side by side is unlawful in some states.
- Safety Gear
Only 19 states in the United States have legislation requiring all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Most of these states mandate riders to wear DOT-approved helmets, which can be expensive and of varying qualities.
Moreover, riding without a helmet does not affect your motorcycle insurance premiums. But, it may reduce the extent of injuries and prevent riders from making more costly claims in the long run. Talk to your insurance agent to learn more.
- Eye Protection
Irrespective of the laws, you must wear eye protection, such as a D.O.T. visor on your helmet, motorcycle glasses, or goggles when riding a motorbike, whether as a passenger or driver.
Twelve states require certified eye protection. However, fourteen states do not require eye protection, allowing you to ride as is.
- Noise Restrictions
Mufflers, which reduce the loudness of your exhaust, are required in eleven states. In addition, some states require that the exhaust be no louder than the exhaust that came standard on your motorcycle.
On the other hand, in states like Texas, you’re permitted to straight pipe your exhaust and do anything you want.
Taking extra precautions while predicting traffic problems and road dangers when riding is recommended. It’s also advised to stay at least four seconds away from the vehicle in front of you. If you are a beginner, you should take an advanced riding class to improve your skills.
We hope you are now aware of these laws before embarking on your road trip so that it is both thrilling and safe. For further information, contact your local D.M.V.