Tips for Motorcycle Riding During the Coronavirus
Do you think you could benefit from tips for motorcycle riding during the coronavirus? The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted essentially every aspect of life since it began early in 2020. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys has some insights into remaining safe while riding in the midst of the pandemic.
Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Stay informed: The whole point of the social distancing measures that the CDC recommends is to flatten the curve; in other words, to reduce the impact of the virus on local healthcare facilities. If the ICUs are overwhelmed, people who could have lived if given care will die. Pay attention to infection rates in your local area, and the area you intend to ride in. If they are suffering from particularly high rates of coronavirus infections, and the ICUs are strained, you may wish to reconsider riding and exposing yourself to risk of injury. In circumstances such as these, it is less likely that you will be able to receive the care you’ll need in the case of a serious accident.
- PPE: With a virus that is transmitted primarily via respiratory droplets, proper protective equipment has only become more important. A full-face helmet will prevent you from touching your face and transferring viral particles to your mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth). Gloves will prevent you from getting viral particles on your actual hands, which can easily be transferred to your face. Of course, it’s important not to touch your face with your gloves either. It is also a good idea to bring a face covering with you for when you take breaks, whether you are going into gas stations for snacks or water, or a restaurant. Wearing a mask reduces the chances of you both transmitting or contracting coronavirus.
- Avoid crowds: All health experts recommend that it is best to steer clear of close contact with large gatherings of people, which are generally more hazardous due to more potential points of infection when others gather. This is especially true when it comes to group riding with motorcyclists who are traveling from different areas.
- Wash up after: When you arrive home from your ride, it is a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Leave your riding gear in your garage or shed for a period of 24 hours or so, so that any viral particles on the gear cannot infect you or your household.
- Be prepared: While you are on your ride, it’s a good idea to bring things such as hand sanitizer, water, tissues, and snacks. The water and snacks will make it less likely that you need to stop anywhere to load up on them. Hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content or higher is useful if you don’t have access to a restroom for cleaning and disinfecting your hands with soap and water. Tissues are useful for if you need to cough or sneeze: you can expectorate into them and throw any tissue in the trash immediately.
Riding Through the COVID-19 Pandemic in Safety
The motorcyclist community can stay safe and stay active during the pandemic so long as they follow local governments and health organizations’ advice. If you are suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19 (shortness of breath, fever, coughing) please stay home and avoid infecting others. A sick rider is a more accident-prone rider. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys is a prominent firm in the field of motorcycle law, and an active participant in the motorcyclist community. All of our attorneys were riders before they became motorcycle lawyers, so you can be confident we have your best interests at heart. Learn more about the work we do for our motorcycle accident victim clients on our website.