Keep an eye on the weather
Summertime in Ohio is a time for unpredictable weather. Be sure to check the forecast before you go for an extended ride. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for bad weather. Bring some dry clothes or make sure you have your rain gear with you if it looks as though it may rain. It is also important that riders be aware of how to handle their motorcycle properly in high winds that often accompany summer storms.
If you are riding and wind gusts start pushing your bike, keep a firm grip on the handlebars, lean your bike into the wind by counter steering, keep an upright posture, and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles.
Remember, if a tornado is in the area, don’t try to out run it. Take shelter!
Stay sober and alert
Summer time is a great time of year for cookouts, camping, relaxing and having fun. If you do have a few drinks, stay off your bike. Alcohol is a major contributor to motorcycle collisions, particularly fatal collisions. Studies show that 40 to 50% of all riders killed in motorcycle crashes had been drinking.
Only one-third of those riders had a BAC above legal limits. The rest had only a few drinks in their systems, enough to impair their riding skills. Motorcyclists’ abilities are impaired well before reaching the .08 BAC level.
Riding “under the influence” of alcohol poses physical and legal hazards for every rider. Be smart, be safe, don’t drink and ride. And even if you are sober, remain alert for those riders or automobile drivers who may be intoxicated. Knowing what is going on around you may be the thing that saves your life.