By this time of year, you’ve already taken your bike out for a few short rides and possibly longer outings. As the warm weather intrigues most motorcyclists, the idea of a road trip crosses your mind. While now is the ideal time to take one, you never want to be unprepared when far from home.

Instead of hopping on your bike spur of the moment, put together a plan, including the proper gear and best route, before you rev up your engine. Consider these 10 tips:

1. Pace Yourself

blog-biketripDon’t push yourself too hard, but at the same time, be ready to ride for at least six to seven hours in a day. If you aren’t used to riding more than a few hours at a time, go on a several longer journeys that are still close to home.

2. Make Sure Your Bike Has a Windshield

While you should make sure your bike is in peak shape, a windshield is one feature your bike should have for longer trips. A windshield would be an asset, but if your bike is not equipped with one, be prepared to ride for a shorter amount of time because of the fatigue you will encounter from riding through the wind.

3. Prepare for the Weather

On longer rides, you could encounter winds, rain, heat and cold – possibly all within the same day! It’s recommended that your attire reflect the conditions ahead, so consider packing ventilated, waterproof clothing for day wear, a few extra layers and a rain jacket.

4. Schedule Your Breaks

While scheduling your fuel breaks, remember to allow yourself time to stretch and hydrate. Always plan out your stops ahead of time so that rest and fuel do not become issues.

5. Give Family and Friends an Itinerary

You never know when an emergency will occur, so it’s best to check in with friends and family through each leg of your journey. Let them know where you’ll be, should they not hear from you as expected.

6. Schedule Most of Your Driving During the Day

For one, you’ll have far better visibility when it’s light out and two, you’re more likely to encounter animals in the road once the sun goes down. In both cases, daytime driving usually presents safer conditions.

7. Wear Earplugs

You’ll soon find that both the bike and roadway generate a significant amount of noise. To protect your hearing and partially block out the constant sounds, be ready with a set of earplugs.

8. Check Your Bike

Before getting back on the road after each rest, check your bike for leaks, tire punctures and other common maintenance issues.

9. Pack Light

Only bring the essentials, so you won’t be weighed down by a heavy load that decreases your gas mileage and causes you to work harder.

10. Keep Hydrated and Fed

Always make sure you’re properly fed and have water readily available. Schedule lighter meals earlier in the day, so you won’t be driving when you feel sluggish. Also have a source of water on hand, should you start to feel dehydrated between rest stops.

Even with careful planning and good driving habits, a motorcyclist can still end up in an accident. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, trust Trantolo & Trantolo’s lawyers. We are not only experienced with the legalities of these types of cases, but many of us are also riders. To learn more, contact us today.