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With the holiday tomorrow, there will be many motorcyclists on the road. Aside from wearing a helmet (even though it is not required under Pennsylvania law), here are some safety tips. Any others you can think of and suggest?

1. Be safe. Wear the right gear. You have a far better chance of avoiding serious injury in a crash if you wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, face or eye protection and protective clothing.

2. Become familiar with your motorcycle. Conduct a pre-ride check to identify any mechanical defects that could jeopardize your safety.

3. Use common sense. Don’t ride impaired, obey all speed limits, avoid weaving between lanes, respect other drivers, keep a safe distance from other motorists to give yourself enough time to react and signal your intention to change lanes.

4. Be prepared. Practice. Know different riding techniques before going into heavy traffic and know how to handle your motorcycle in hazardous road and weather conditions. Read the Motorcycle Operator’s Manual. Take a motorcycle safety course.

5. Be alert. Watch out for anti-skid materials, gravel and salt on roads leftover from winter. Be on the lookout for newly formed potholes.

To register for a motorcycle safety course, call 800-845-9533. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday or go to

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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