Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience. But there is no denying that it can be a dangerous activity on the increasingly congested roads of the metro Atlanta area. Motorcycle fatalities occur at a rate that is 28 times higher than for deaths in car accidents and other types of accidents. In 2017, there were over 5,000 motorcycle fatalities nationwide. In Georgia, over 260 motorcyclist died in fatal accidents in 2018.
If you are planning to ride a motorcycle, there are a few simple steps you should take to stay safe on the roads.
First of all, make sure you are properly licensed and trained. You may have many years of experience driving a car, but that does not adequately prepare you to take to the road on two wheels without proper training. Take a proper motorcycle safety training and education program. In Georgia, you require a Class M license to operate or ride a motorcycle anywhere in the state. You will have to pass a riding test and clear a motorcycle inspection before you receive a license.