As the weather warms, the temptation to dust off the motorcycle and hit the open road is all but impossible to ignore. But there are certain precautions you should take before you rev the engine. In particular, all motorcyclists should have maintenance items in case they break down or sustain injuries. As Cycle World explains, most motorcycles have limited storage space. The best way to pack the right tools and avoid excess weight is only to bring the tools you use on your bike while at home. Bikers should customize their kits based on their needs and the riding conditions.
Unfortunately, even the best-prepared motorcyclists are not immune to negligent drivers. If you were in a motorcycle crash, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport accident attorney can determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
Here are six items to consider packing in your motorcycle tool kit:
- First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is essential if an accident happens. It can also help if you sustain blisters or cuts while riding.
Blisters may seem minor, but they can cause enough discomfort to distract you while riding. You may also be able to help other motorcyclists who sustain injuries.
- Duct Tape
Duct tape can help you make temporary repairs on your motorcycle if you are not within reach of a mechanic. For example, you can use duct tape to align your headlight and keep turn signals in place, or to seal tears in your clothing.
If you are riding at night, consider packing a small flashlight. This can help you identify what is wrong with your bike in the dark, and it can help other drivers notice you after a breakdown.
- Zip Ties
Much like duct tape, zip ties can help you secure loose items to your motorcycle until you are able to fix them. They are strong and take up minimal space.
Examine the toolkit you received with your motorcycle, and add to it if necessary. Make sure it has pliers, wire cutters and wrenches. A small multi-tool like a Leatherman can replace several items if you have limited space.
- Tire Repair Kit
Blowouts and flat tires are unexpected yet common. Consider packing a kit that includes tire inflation cartridges. These will help you repair your puncture and get back on the road and away from the dangers of the shoulder.
A little preparation can go a long way to improve your safety, but it takes just one negligent motorist to cause a serious wreck. If you were in a crash with a reckless driver, contact a Gulfport car accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD. We will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.