Many riders are wondering if it’s safe to ride a motorcycle during the coronavirus pandemic. For many riders, even taking a short ride can be really beneficial for their mental as well as their physical well-being. But, during these most challenging of times, it’s important to take into consideration how your actions could affect those around you.
Many places in the country are still under stay at home orders, so we recommend that you follow those when making your decision whether to ride or not. If you do choose to ride, pick a short and less traveled local route. Check for any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines in whatever area you chose for your ride.
Of course, there’s a difference between riding for fun and traveling to work on your motorcycle. But, whether you need to ride your bike to get to and from work or want to get out into the fresh air and blow off some steam, there are still some safe practices that you need to adhere to prevent coronavirus transmission.
It’s safe, but take precautions
Riding a motorcycle is all about social distancing because you’re six feet or more from everyone else around you, and you can do it alone. While the ride itself doesn’t present a safety issue, it’s what you may do getting on and off your bike that could.
You may be increasing your risk of exposure when you’re making stops, for example, when you’re getting gas. Fuel nozzles are pretty germy to begin with, so they could be harboring the coronavirus. Carry a few disinfectant wipes or disposable gloves, be extra cautious, and wash your hands ASAP.
Keep in mind that it’s still unclear as to how long the virus can live on soft surfaces like your clothes and riding gear. If you used your riding gloves to pick up a gas nozzle or other objects that could be potentially infected surfaces, make sure you disinfect your gear. Think about wearing some type of mask, bandana, scarf, or neck gaiter to prevent you from touching your face.
If you live in an area that’s been deemed a coronavirus hotspot, the best decision is to stay home to protect yourself and others from getting infected. If you do decide to ride, avoid riding in groups; plan to ride solo in uncrowded areas.
Accidents still happen
One of the impacts of the coronavirus is that there’s less traffic on the roads. But, accidents can still happen. Keep in mind that the nation’s medical facilities and their staff are strained to the limit, so this is not a good time to have to go to the hospital if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
If you are involved in an accident, are injured, and need the services of an attorney, Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle accident attorneys in Riverside, are committed to helping you get the compensation that you deserve.