Safety experts offer tips for Motorcycle Awareness month

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May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month because warmer weather in summer months will most likely lead to more motorcycles on American roadways, if the pattern established by previous years is any indication. Motorcycle experts offered local news outlets tips for safer motorcycle riding in an effort to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents that will occur throughout the remainder 2012. Completing a routine maintenance inspection before climbing onto the motorcycle is a good way to avoid unexpected emergency situations on the road, experts recommend. Battery condition is crucial to motorcycle performance, for example. If a motorcycle’s battery is not functioning, the motorcycle will not start or run properly. The oil and gasoline levels should be checked as well, along with the tread and air pressure of the tires. Dry rot, cracks and wear and tear must be carefully monitored. Motorcycles only have two tires, experts remind riders, which makes the condition of both extremely important to a safe riding experience. If the tread or air pressure is low, the likelihood is increased that the motorcycle will be involved in an accident possibly leading to serious injury or even death. Any leaks or other signs of trouble should be investigated before taking the motorcycle on the street. Safety experts also recommend that motorcycle riders wear protective eyewear a helmet that complies with federal safety specification at all times. To increase visibility, keep the headlight on at all times.