When riding a motorcycle, safety always comes first, and your local motorcycle club and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are offering advice as motorcycle season approaches.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Safety always comes first when riding a motorcycle.

“When you first start riding in a new season, make sure you check your brakes, oil, tires, and make sure your steering is working properly.” —Earl Mack, President Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Clubsaid.

Mack said a work bike is a safe bike, so make sure maintenance is up to date.

“I put my bike in the shop at the beginning of the season for them to look at everything (and see) if anything needs to be fixed or if the tires need to be replaced so I can have a good season of riding,” Mack said.

Mack also said wearing safety gear is mandatory, which includes a helmet, gloves, jacket, long sleeves and riding boots.

“The way we ride is spreading that message,” Mack said. “Someone might look at us and say, ‘Oh, they’re driving safely.’

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Ryan Purpura said the number of crashes this spring has already started to rise.

“There have been over 200 motorcycle accidents across the state since the beginning of spring, so I just want to remind motorists, especially now that the weather is getting nice, to be on the lookout for motorcycles,” Purpura said. “Any accident on our roads is one accident too many.”

Purpura has provided important safety tips when you see motorcycles on the road: check your blind spots, give riders extra time to pass intersections, keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the rider, and obey speed limits.

“You’re going to see an increase in motorcycles on the road, so just look for them, give them a break, just let them be safe on our roads,” Purpura said.

He said Ohio averages more than 3,600 motorcycle accidents a year, most of which involve riders who are not properly trained.

Motorcycle training in Ohio can be found here.


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