Traveling across Florida on a motorcycle is a fun road trip for many bikers. There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road and enjoying the state’s natural beauty, from the beach to the Everglades. However, many make the mistake of not preparing properly for a long-distance trip. Lack of preparation may result in an accident. Whether it’s your first motorcycle road trip or your hundredth, keep these five things in mind.
If you are in an accident while on your Florida road trip, reach out to Attorney Frank P. Marsalisi. He will thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident claim and work to hold the liable party responsible.
Pack Light for Your Trip
You can find several options for motorcycle luggage nowadays. The best ones you can buy are saddle pieces that attach to the sides or back seat. Ensure they are in good shape and the straps are not fraying. Remember that these bags are not big, so pack light. A few items you may want to bring include:
- Water bottles;
- First aid kit;
- Phone and charger; and
- Essential toiletries.
Your best bet is to pack things you can dispose of after use. Do not bring more clothes than you need. A good rule is an outfit for each day, plus one backup.
Dress Appropriately When Riding a Motorcycle
Dressing appropriately for a motorcycle ride is crucial. You always need to be wearing protective eyewear. Also, make sure you always wear full-length pants. Jeans will work, but protective motorcycle pants work best. You’ll also want to wear boots that cover at least up to your ankle. You want as little skin on your legs showing as possible.
Wear a comfortable T-shirt under a leather jacket. If you have a coat specifically for motorcycle riding, make sure it is thick enough to cushion the impact of concrete in case of an accident. Wearing gloves can protect your hands against debris and bugs.
One thing you should always wear on a motorcycle is a helmet. Helmets can help absorb the impact to your skull if you are thrown from your bike and may save your life.
Plan Out Your Route in Advance
Plan out your Florida motorcycle road trip well in advance. Do your research and discover what roads will be the safest. There are hundreds of websites you can use to plan a long motorcycle road trip in Florida. It’s not a good idea to rely solely on your GPS since it may lead you off your path and is known for taking bikers on roads not meant for motorcycles.
Once you plan your route, share it with your family or friends. Make sure to update them on your journey so they know you are safe.
Take Breaks to Eat and Hydrate
Most experienced motorcyclists can handle riding 250–300 miles before needing a break. However, that number can vary based on weather and road conditions. If it is hot, we recommend taking a water and snack break every hour or so – this will ensure you stay hydrated and aware when riding.
Prepare for Wet Weather
Florida is known for its sunny skies, but any resident knows that storm clouds can appear at a moment’s notice. Remember that Florida’s rainy season is from May to October, with September being the wettest month. The Atlantic hurricane season also runs from June 1st through November 30th. Riding in the rain can be dangerous since roads are slippery, causing motorcyclists to lose control of their bikes.
Contact a Skilled Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
While motorcycling is a fun pastime for many people, it is a dangerous activity. Motorcyclists are more likely to be in a crash than those in passenger vehicles and are more likely to suffer fatal injuries. If you were in a St. Petersburg motorcycle accident, reach out to Marsalisi Law.
As a proud member of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Attorney Frank P. Marsalisi consistently achieves favorable results for his clients. You can be confident that he will do the same for you. Call (727) 800-5052 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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