Riding with a motorcycle passenger is legal in all 50 states and can be done safely on larger bikes with a passenger seat. However, there are several things that a passenger and driver need to do to make the trip as safe as possible. Here are a few tips to make the ride safer for everyone involved.
1. Sit Still
Let the rider get on the bike first. Then, when they are ready, the passenger can get on. Once they are on, both should find the most comfortable position they can safely have and stick to that. Moving around while the bike is in motion can cause the bike’s balance to shift, which in turn can make it fall.
2. Take a Safety Course
If there is a nearby Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, or other type of bike course, take a ride together and go through the beginner training course. It will help both parties understand exactly what to do when riding up and down the roads, and will give both the confidence to ride together.
Both the rider and the passenger should have good, protective clothing and proper helmets. Loose clothes, open-toed shoes, and short sleeve shirts can cause further injury in an accident. Riding without a helmet makes either person 40% more likely to be killed in case of an accident. Safety always takes precedent over comfort.
If you plan on heading out with someone else on your bike, make sure your coverage includes your passenger as well. Contact the experienced agents at Saucon Insurance Agency today to help get you on the road safely with the right coverage today.