Make Your Motorcycle Road Trip Accident Free

Posted by  //  August 2, 2016  //  Allstate, Articles

Allstate Reminds New York Riders of Dangers of the Road

Before heading out on your next motorcycle road trip, Allstate reminds New Yorkers about protecting yourself and your ride while on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were over 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and five times more likely to be injured.

“Allstate has a long history of keeping riders covered when they need insurance protection and we want to remind motorcyclists to keep safety and awareness at the top of mind when they are on the road,” said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokesperson.

Allstate offers motorcycle safety tips to help riders get their bikes ready for riding season, choosing important safety gear and how to be safe while riding.

Get Ready to Ride

  • Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals

  • Check the oil and fuel levels

  • Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly

  • Check the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed

  • Lube the chain and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s specs

  • Try a rider-training course to brush up on your skills

Invest in Good Gear

  • Pick a high-quality helmet that fits well. If it doesn’t have a face shield, pair it up with goggles or glasses with safety lenses

  • Use safety as your excuse to shell out for that leather jacket. Get the pants while you’re at it. (We know black and bikes are a perfect match, but a bright color will help other drivers see you better)

  • Wear durable non-slip gloves

  • Invest in boots or sneakers that cover your ankles

When You’re Out on the Road

  • Always wear a helmet that fits right. Pick one that has the DOT label, which shows that it meets federal safety standards.

  • Know your bike’s limits

  • Stick to the speed limit

  • Don’t tailgate other vehicles

  • Use your signals

  • Be respectful of other drivers. Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder.

  • Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights.

  • Brake smart. Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady.

To help make the most of your time out on the road, the Allstate blog has helpful tips for the ultimate motorcycle road trip that include:

  • Choosing your co-riders

  • Picking the right destination

  • Selecting the best route to take

  • Monitoring the weather

Riders may also want to review their insurance coverage to make sure they’re informed on the extent of their protection. If you own a motorcycle, there’s a good chance Allstate can help you protect it – and yourself – just in case of an accident. Allstate’s motorcycle policies are designed with bikers’ needs in mind, so call 1-877-379-BIKE (2453) for a quote. To find an agent in your area, visit www.allstate.com.

For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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