The roads of Tennessee are gorgeous to ride on two wheels. However, it is also important to recognize that riding a motorcycle has inherent risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,000 motorcycle drivers were killed in 2017. While this does represent an overall decrease from previous years, nobody wants to become a statistic.

One of the easiest ways to prevent a motorcycle accident is to ensure that you are highly visible to other drivers. For example, while the black leather motorcycle jacket may be iconic, it is also not the most visible choice. Choosing something that is made out of a brighter color such as lemon yellow or electric orange will make you much more visible to car drivers.

Keeping proper positioning will also ensure that you stay safe while on two wheels. Rather than drive directly behind the car in front of you, it is advantageous for you to ride closer to the side of the lane so that the driver can see you in his or her side-view mirror in addition to the rearview mirror. Also, if there are many of you riding together, make sure to ride in a staggered arrangement.

Additionally, please make sure to purchase and wear a helmet. Tennessee is one of many states that does have a universal helmet law, and it is important to actually subscribe to it in order to reap the benefits. In the event that the worst happens, make sure that you have taken all precautions possible to protect yourself. That not only involves wearing a helmet, but also a proper jacket and boots at a minimum.