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These 5 motorcycle safety tips will keep you from becoming the next statistic

By in Press Enterprise on July 30, 2017

By Alicia Robinson, Imran Ghori

A motorcycle may seem like a great way to bypass Southern California’s frequent traffic jams, but experts say it can also be dangerous, even fatal, when riders aren’t serious about safety.

Since March, at least seven motorcyclists and three people in cars have died in crashes involving motorcycles on Inland roads and freeways.

In June, a 45-year-old rider was killed on the 91 in Corona when traffic stopped suddenly and his bike toppled over, throwing him into the path of a big rig. While no one was reported hurt or killed, hundreds of motorcyclists converged on Inland freeways, blocking traffic and in some cases doing stunts, on July 2 and in a 2016 incident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclist deaths take place 27 times more frequently than other vehicle deaths, based on 2014 crash data.

“Motorcycling, in and of itself, is more dangerous,” said Chris Cochran, assistant director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

California has more than 1.3 million licensed riders, the Department of Motor Vehicles reports, and a climate that allows for year-long riding. That leads to more motorcyclists on the road, safety officials say.

Still, following a few basic rules can help make the roads safer for motorcyclists and everyone out there with them, experts say. Here are five motorcycle safety tips.

1. Dress properly

Before getting on the bike, riders should suit up in clothing that’s durable and covers them from the helmet on down, said Allison Woods, who runs the SoCal Motorcycle Training school in San Bernardino and Palm Springs with her husband, Dave.

Look for a state Department of Transportation-approved helmet, long-sleeved jacket and pants with armor and abrasion-resistant fabric such as leather or heavy denim, footwear that covers the ankle, a face shield or goggles and gloves designed for the […]    

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