This Saturday, October 10, 2015, is National Motorcycle Ride Day. This is a day that is important for several reasons. While any Saturday in Florida is a great day to go out for a ride, the actual purpose of National Motorcycle Ride Day is to:
- Unite all motorcyclists for a day solely dedicated to riding. While Florida does not technically have a motorcycle season due to our general year-round temperate climate, late fall and winter is approaching in other areas of the country, which means it is time to put the bikes away. However, the fun is not over just yet. National Motorcycle Ride Day is a day of celebration and adventure for all bikers, regardless of their experience or the type of motorcycle they own.
- Support the motorcycle industry. John Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire in October 1887, which was a significant step in making modern day motorcycles. Because of this, the date of National Motorcycle Ride Day was chosen to honor Mr. Dunlop and to encourage bikers everywhere to support the local motorcycle industry.
National Motorcycle Ride Day will continue to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday of October through at least 2020 for now. From all of us at Whittel & Melton, we hope that you have an enjoyable motorcycle ride this year and keep safety a top priority.
If you plan on riding your motorcycle on Saturday, or any other day, here are a few tips from the to keep in mind while out on the road:
- Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
- Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
- Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
- Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
- Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
- Never ride distracted or impaired.