West Virginia has some of the most scenic roads in the United States. Breathtaking views are all around, from the Appalachian Mountains to the New River Gorge.
And the best way to see those sites and enjoy those mountain curves is on a motorcycle. Whether you’re a new rider or have been riding two wheels for years, here are some reminders for when you’re ready to hit the road.
1. Wear a helmet
West Virginia requires all motorcyclists to wear a DOT-approved helmet. Helmets are designed to protect your head in the event of an accident, so make sure you invest in one that fits properly.
2. Always look twice
Motorcycles can sometimes be hard to spot, so double-checking your surroundings before turning or changing lanes can help prevent accidents.
3. Check the forecast
Weather conditions significantly impact your ride, and you will want to make sure you have the proper clothing and adjust your speed accordingly.
4. Wear reflective clothing
Reflective clothing helps make riders more visible on the road in low-light conditions. When picking out what to wear, opt for bright colors like neon yellow or orange, as well as clothing with reflective stripes or patches.
5. Know your skill level
Make sure that your skills match up with the type of bike that you’re riding. Don’t try to do anything beyond your skill level – it’s better to stay within your limits than risk getting into an accident due to inexperience or overconfidence.
Unfortunately, even the best riders may be in an accident because a driver wasn’t paying attention to the road. Medical expenses can add up quickly. Therefore, if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, it’s essential that you receive compensation for your injuries.