Four tips for staying safe on the roads this summer

Summer is in full swing, which means many drivers are trading their four-wheeled vehicles for motorcycles.

The warmer weather is a great reason to get outdoors on a bike, but it’s also a more dangerous season to ride. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than half of all motorcycle crash fatalities happen from May through September.

That’s why Major Powersports, whose employees have more than 60 years combined industry experience, make sure every customer is road ready before they leave.

Here are four tips from Major Powersports for staying safe on the roads this summer:

Be your brother’s keeper

Riding with a group means being aware and respectful of those around you.

“New riders often do not understand how to ride in formation. They keep incorrect spacing and ride in other riders’ blind spots,” Major Powersports owner Jelena Roberts said. “They also treat the streets like the track which endangers their own safety.”

 Another tip for solo riders, Roberts said, is don’t assume it’s OK to join another group or enter their formation. And never leave a fellow rider behind.

Check your gear and your bike

Las Vegas summers are hot, and that means riders are more likely to overheat themselves or their engines.

Vented helmets and jackets can make a noticeable difference as well as a pair of heat-friendly riding gloves to prevent palm perspiration on the handles.

While it may be tempting to wear less gear in the summer, safety should always come first, Roberts said.

Summer is also a great time to bring your bike in for a checkup at a place like Major Powersports – especially if it’s sat in a garage for a few months.

The knowledgeable and passionate staff at Major Powersports can also help customers troubleshoot any problems like an engine that seems to be regularly overheating.

Trust your fellow riders and your bike

“Safety and trust can allow a group to have a successful ride,” Roberts said. “Knowing the riders with you and their skill levels can allow for your group to have everyone make it safely to their destination.”

That’s also something employees at Major Powersports think about when helping customers select a bike.

“You need to know their personality. If the person is reckless or clumsy, a smaller starter bike should be looked at,” Roberts said. “Most importantly, their comfort level will dictate what type of bike is best. I normally start them sitting on different bikes to see what interests them and what feels right.”

Consider a class

Major Powersports doesn’t offer riding classes, but Roberts keeps a list of local businesses where new riders can get acquainted with the sport. It’s just another way to keep her customers happy and healthy.

“Legal Ride often holds classes that assist newer riders and experienced riders. They teach the concepts of braking and bike capabilities,” Roberts said. “And there are many different riding groups that take new riders and teach them group riding concepts.”


This article was presented and sponsored by Major Powersports. For more information, go to majorpowersports.com.

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