Holiday Season is the time of year where friends, family, and loved ones can get together to enjoy great home-cooked food, exchange presents, reflect on the past year, relax and spend time together. There is nothing quite like the holidays. This time of year is the busiest for travel. Roads are congested with millions of motorists.
If you plan to ride to your holiday festivities by motorcycle, or even simply take a casual joy ride, paying attention to our holiday safety tips may help avoid anything that would get between you and that pumpkin pie while out on your ride!
Whether it's a short 20-minute commute to the other side of town, or if you're driving 100+ miles, safety should be your top priority.
- Plan Your Route Ahead of Time
Before hitting the road, take into consideration your route. With millions of vehicles on the road during the holiday, you may want to leisurely take back roads or select a route with minimal traffic. Is it really worth taking your normal route, if that places you smack dab in the middle of bumper-to-bumper traffic? Utilize Google Maps, iphone maps or your GPS navigation system for alternate routs. What’s a few extra miles on a scenic holiday weekend?
Even better? Look up the worst places in your area for traveling.
According to Fortune Magazine, Charlotte, NC is the 14th worst city to travel this Holiday.
2. Gear Up!
I'm sure this is common sense to most seasoned riders, but wearing the proper clothing and gear before you hit the road this holiday is essential. Even if you drive slowly and cautiously, you can never predict what the millions of other travelers are doing. Before you end up spending your holiday in the hospital, or worse, ensure you have the proper helmet, gloves, pads, etc.
- Pay Attention to Bike Maintenance
I know you secured your bike at the start of riding season, but it’s been a few months, and now more than ever, you should check your bike for the basics. Check out the tire read and air pressure, oil, fuel, lights and coolant. This minor inspection will insure you avoid any incidentals while enjoying your holiday ride.
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