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5 Top Tips for Safe Summer Motorcycle Rides

Motorcycle Safety, Maxxam Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance

Top 5 Tips to Keep You Safe on your Motorcycle this Summer

The Sun is out, the rain has stopped, temperatures are rising and scenery is at its peak.  Every biker is eager to get their bike out and go for a ride!  Unfortunately, with heavier traffic and the busy summer time rush comes the increase of Motorcycle accidents.  Here are your top 5 tips to keep you safe as you enjoy your ride this summer…

  1. Once Over – Chances are your bike may have been sitting in the garage for a long winter. Before you hit the road the first thing you need to do is ensure your bike is safe and ready to go. Check to ensure tires are full and ready to go, give the bike an oil change, check for any loose bolts or clamps, check all fluid levels and of course get a nice fresh tank full of gas!
  2. Be Aware – Just as you can’t wait to hit the road, remember so is everyone else. These summer months see a rise in traffic including many oversized recreational vehicles. Always be aware of your surrounding and what other drivers are doing. Drive Defensively!
  3. Be Seen – As Motorcycles are smaller than all other vehicles, it’s easy to remain hidden amongst other traffic. Make sure to avoid cruising in blind spots and wear reflective clothing so other drivers can easily spot you!
  4. Safety Gear – With warmer weather it’s hard to think about wearing extra gear but remember without it there is nothing between your skin and the road if you go down. There is a lot of advanced gear out there that is designed to keep you safe and cool. Invest in a vented helmet, vented jacket, vented gloves, and a cooling vest. Remember safety is paramount to being able to enjoy your ride over and over again!
  5. Hydration – Now that you’re equipped with your nice cooling safety gear, you may forget about the heat as you are cruising with the wind. However, dehydration can happen quickly when you’re under direct exposure from the sun. Dehydration can be dangerous as it could lead to dizziness and fatigue. Using a hydration pack and stopping for regular water breaks is crucial to staying safe on the road.

 

Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to contact Maxxam Insurance for all your insurance needs!

How to Prep Your Boat for Summer

Yay! Summer is just around the corner. Well… if it ever decides to stop raining that is. Here on the WestCoast, we have lots of boating options available to us, some of them year-round. For most people though, their pleasure crafts have been winterized and stored safely out of the rain since last year. Spring is the time when us hopeful WestCoasters see a glimpse of sunshine and jump on outdoor activities. So what can you do to de-winterize (springerize?) your boat? Well before you go delivering your beautiful vessel into the water you’ll want to follow at least these few steps to ensure the safety of you and your fellow boaters:

  1. Check the Engine. If you didn’t change the oil and oil filter at the end of last season, now is the time to do it. Changing the oil will help prevent corrosion and excessive wear which can lead to loss of power, poor fuel economy, or even engine failure. You’ll also want to flush the cooling system and replace the antifreeze. Also, check the battery and see if it needs replacing.
  2. Inspect the Exterior. Check over the entire hull and look for any scrapes or cracks that might need to be fixed before hitting the water. If the boat’s exterior appears chalky it could mean oxidation has occurred and you may need to refinish the gel coat. While you’re inspecting you can polish the hull with a marine safe cleaning solution.
  3. Check over the Vinyl and/or Canvas. Inspect your seats, covers, etc for tears or rips and have them repaired. While you’re at it, you should give the interior of your boat a good clean.
  4. Test Electronics. Make sure you test all of your electronics and check that they are in working order. Replace or repair when needed.
  5. Check your Safety Equipment. Make sure all of your safety equipment is available and that nothing has broken or expired. Review this guideline from discoverboating.ca:

    Required and Recommended Equipment

    • Sound signaling device
    • Check distress signals and expiration date
    • Check PFDs
    • Inspect life rings
    • Check fire extinguishers and recharge if necessary
    • Check and adjust compass
    • Check navigation lights
    • Check charts and replace as necessary
    • Check radar reflector
    • Check and replace first aid supplies
    • Check bailer and hand pump
  6. Get Insured! Call the experts at Maxxam for all of your marine insurance needs!