Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riding in the Fall in Nova Scotia
Whether touring the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island or visiting the picturesque lookouts of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia’s highways and scenic routes boast hundreds of unforgettable sights. With milder temperatures and the splendour of the changing leaves, fall is a beloved season for motorcycling.
However, the enjoyment of cruising the province’s beautiful roadways comes with a number of risks. A motorcycle accident can result in severe, or even fatal, injuries. Over the past few years, the RCMP has reported a worrisome increase of fatal motorcycle collisions across Nova Scotia.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are human error. This may include distracted or impaired driving, as well as failure to abide by traffic laws such as speed limits. If you have been injured as a result of another road-user’s negligence, contact our Nova Scotia motorcycle accident lawyers today to discuss what compensation may be available to you.
While you may not be able to control or predict the behaviour of other drivers, there are a few steps you can take to help prepare for a safer ride.
1. Wear a Helmet
Motorcycle riders in Nova Scotia are required by law to wear a helmet that has been certified by an official agency. A properly certified helmet can save a motorcyclist’s life in the event of a collision. This piece of equipment is specially designed to dissipate the shock of impact, working to prevent concussions and more severe forms of traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries can affect everything from a person’s sensory, cognitive, and behavioural functions to their ability to perform their job. Depending on its severity, a traumatic brain injury can be fatal. Medical reviews have concluded that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of injury to the head by 69%, and reduce the risk of death by 42%.
2. Wear Protective Clothing
Unlike the driver of a car, a motorcycle rider is completely exposed to the dangers of the road. In the event of a collision, there is little standing between a rider’s body and the pavement.
For this reason, it is prudent to wear protective clothing when operating a motorcycle. Examples of protective clothing that might be beneficial include reinforced jackets, full-length pants, and solid boots. It may also be a good idea to invest in reflective clothing, which could help other drivers see you, especially when navigating late fall or winter road conditions.
3. Make Sure Your Bike Has Passed Inspections
Provincial law requires that all passenger vehicles undergo an official inspection every two years. Make sure you keep your inspections up to date.
When you bring your motorcycle in to an official testing station, the mechanic will check that the following parts are in good working order:
- Steering System
- Foot rests
- Suspension system
- Exhaust system
- Fuel system
- Chain or drive-shaft protection
- Wheels and tires
- Windshield/windscreen (if equipped)
- Body components
- And more
If the official inspection reveals that one or more of your motorcycle’s parts require repair or replacement, make sure to resolve the issue before riding your bike home.
4. Make Sure Your Bike is Well-Maintained
Ordinary wear and tear may affect the safety of your vehicle. Every time you prepare to hit the road, double check that all your lights and signals are working. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, and that you have enough fuel to traverse your route. If you encounter any damaged or worn-out parts, contact your mechanic right away for support.
5. Drive Safely
In order to protect yourself and your fellow road-users, it is important to take precautionary measures as you drive. As you may have learned in your motorcycle rider licensing course, it is important to drive defensively, and obey the rules of the road.
Here are some additional tips that could prevent motorcycle accidents:
- Only drive when sober.
- Only drive when you are well-rested.
- Swivel your head often, checking your blind spots as well as what is coming up on the horizon.
- Scan any driveways, intersections, entrances and exits you encounter.
- Take ample breaks, especially on longer tours.
- Obey speed limits, road signs, and road lines.
- Before entering an intersection, double check that any left-turning motorists have stopped.
- Ride within your comfort, experience, and skill level.
- When you are exploring a new area, go with an experienced rider the first time.
Contact Our Nova Scotia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Initial Consultation
Hopefully, your diligence with motorcycle safety measures will mean a smooth and inspiring tour of Nova Scotia’s unparalleled valleys and coastlines. However, accidents can happen to even the most prepared rider.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence, there may be financial support available to you. Our Nova Scotia motorcycle accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation to any injured accident victim who wishes to discuss their case. Contact us today to learn how we might be able to help you.