Whether you’re a new rider or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s important to be prepared and be vigilant.
It’s no secret that motorcycle riding can be dangerous. But there are steps you can take to prepare yourself and your bike for an amazing ride. Before you hit the road, get trained. It’s easy to do – just complete the Basic Rider Training at one of the many motorcycle safety training centers across Maryland. Next, get licensed. In Maryland, you must have a motorcycle license to operate a motorcycle. Experienced rider without a license? You may be able to participate in the Fast Track Licensing Program and prepare by studying the Maryland Motorcycle Operators Manual. Learn more here.
Glow Before You Go
Proper gear is crucial to your visibility and your safety. Choose gear that is bright and has retro-reflective strips or decals, especially if you’re riding at night. Wear properly-fitting protective clothing and a helmet.
Know Before You Go
Keep yourself and others safe by knowing that your bike is ready. Inspect your bike before every ride – and pay special attention to your tires.
Say No Before You Go
Motorcycle riding and alcohol don’t mix. Alcohol and substances slow your reaction time, affect your balance, coordination, and vision. Almost half of all riders killed had been drinking. If you’re caught riding impaired, your bike could be impounded.
Ride to be So…
- Visible: Headlight on. Consider a modulating headlight or LED accent lighting. Use lane positioning to be seen.
- Reactive: Give yourself space to react. Change lanes gradually. Always expect the unexpected.
- Courteous: Signal your intentions and avoid weaving. Flash your brake light when slowing or stopping. Respect everyone on the road.
And Ride Toward Zero
In Maryland, our goal is always Zero deaths on our roadways. Follow the rules, stay safe and help us achieve that goal.