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Keeping Motorcycle Riders Safe During Fourth of July Weekend

4 Tips for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July weekend is a favorite for motorcycle riders everywhere. With rallies and annual "independence rides," there is no shortage of motorcyclists on the road. Unfortunately, this weekend is also infamous for having a drunk driving-related fatal crash rate significantly higher than average.

No matter how you're choosing to celebrate, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself safe during this particularly dangerous weekend. Here are four tips:

1. Ride Sober

The sentiment "drive sober or get pulled over" should be notable no matter the day, but it is imperative during holiday weekends. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) show that about 26% of holiday motorcycle fatalities occurred during the week of Fourth of July. On a broader scale, about 45% of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2019 involved a driver with a BAC of 0.08 or greater.

Considering this, driving sober is essential for any driver, especially on motorcycles, where any minor movement error could have deadly consequences.

2. Stay Hydrated

Riding a motorcycle comes with many perks, including the cooling sensation that can come with driving right into the wind. However, this is also one of the biggest downsides. Because of this cooling effect, motorcycle riders may not realize how hot it is outside or that they have become dehydrated during the day.

To avoid the road rage behaviors and brain fog that can come with heat exhaustion and dehydration, all riders should remember to stay well-hydrated throughout the weekend.

3. Be Mindful of Your Attire

Are you planning on a lake trip this Fourth of July weekend? Remember that wet clothing and flip-flops or other open-toed shoes may become a safety hazard. Before heading out for that beach or boat day, pack a bag with an extra set of clothes and proper footwear so you can ensure that slipping won't cause an accident. Considering the already increased risk of crashes this weekend, you may also want to pack a helmet if that's not part of your usual riding attire.

4. Novice Riders May Want to Stay Home

During busy holiday weekends, novice riders may find it more challenging to handle dangerous situations that may arise. Because of this and the increased risk of drunk driving crashes across the board, it may be easier for novice motorcyclists to avoid riding later in the day. This way, you can spend more time with your loved ones celebrating and less time being concerned about whether you will have to deal with a negligent driver.

Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

This Fourth of July weekend, take extra care getting to and from festivities and be aware of what dangers may be on the road. If you are involved in a collision and sustain an injury, know that a team of motorcycle accident attorneys at McNabola & Associates, LLC is ready to advocate for your rights.

Call (312) 888-8700 or fill out the form on our website to schedule a free consultation.