Don’t Lose Your Head
When you ride, just cover the skin you want to keep. But be aware that even low or no-speed falls can have devastating results, including death.
- Be DOT approved (look for the sticker),
- Fit snugly,
- Be securely fastened during your ride and
- Be free of cracks, loose padding, frayed straps, exposed metal, or other defects.
In many cases, riding without a helmet is against the law. As for the rest of your riding gear, wear shatterproof eye protection, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants (preferably denim), heavy shoes or boots that cover your ankles, and full-fingered gloves. Just cover the skin you want to keep.
Maintain Your Ride
Keep up with maintenance on your motorcycle by checking tires and tire pressure, fluids, lights, and signal indicators. In addition to a motorcycle, serial, or vehicle identification number, Texas law requires the following equipment on motorcycles and motor driven cycles:
- Wheel Assembly
- Exhaust System
- Tail Lamp
- Stop Lamp
- License Plate Lamp
- Rear Red Reflector
- Head Lamp
To improve safety, equip dual mirrors and multiple reflectors on your motorcycle.
- Head Lamp
- Rear Lamp
Making sure your motorcycle is properly equipped will improve your odds of avoiding a crash or surviving one if it’s unavoidable.