GEICO says make motorcycle riding safety a top priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 8, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – May is Motorcycle Safety Month and GEICO is raising awareness among riders and non-riders alike with a multitude of safety tips, resources, and a safety video to ensure that everyone has a safe time this motorcycle season.

“Motorcycles are much more vulnerable to fatal accidents than automobiles,” said Tom Garner, director, GEICO’s motorcycle/RV division. “We are reinforcing good driving habits and promoting motorcycle safety to help reduce accidents and fatalities among motorcyclists.”

GEICO recommends the following safety checklist before taking the road:

  • Choose the right bike – Motorcycles come in a wide variety of body styles, engine sizes and design features. Taking the time to research and choose a bike that is a good fit based on your level of riding experience will help you stay safe and have an enjoyable experience on the road.
  • Always wear a helmet – A motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist has. Make sure your helmet is DOT approved and includes a face shield or protective eyewear to help protect against a critical head injury.
  • Wear protective clothing – Goggles, leather gloves and riding boots can help protect and minimize severe injuries in case of an accident. Reflective clothing will also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Take a safety course – Play it safe and take a motorcycle safety course. Safety courses such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF), will help sharpen your riding skills. Some insurance companies offer participants a discount for completion of a course.
  • Follow the rules – Obey the speed limit and local traffic laws. Remember to always pass vehicles and other bikes on the passing lane and give yourself enough time to break.
  • Ride defensively – Many motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way. Ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful in inclement weather.
  • Watch for road hazards – Unlike cars, potholes, oil slicks, debris, railroad tracks and even manhole covers can be a real problem for the most experienced rider. Stay alert and watch for possible road hazards.
  • Never ride in a vehicle’s blind spot – It’s difficult for motorists to see a motorcycle. Position your motorcycle in the lane so that you are never in a vehicle’s blind spot.
  • Don’t drink and ride – It’s illegal to operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively.
  • Check your bike – Make sure your motorcycle is ready for the road by inspecting the tires for proper air and making sure the lights are in good working condition. In addition, test the clutch and throttle, adjust the mirrors and check the brake controls.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 20 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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