July is the most dangerous month for motorcyclists, so if you're ready to hit the road, remember that you could be putting yourself at risk.
What makes July so dangerous? Summer is peak travel time, and motorcyclists tend to group up and ride when the weather is warm and predictable. With more motorcyclists on the roads than ever before, that could mean more people are at risk of serious injuries or death.
Progressive Insurance analyzed data from 2014 to see if there was any interesting statistics on motorcycling in the summer months. It found that June, July and August were the most dangerous months for riders, and Saturdays was the day most fraught with danger for motorcycle riders.
In July, the average number of claims for motorcyclists is 78 percent higher than the average for the rest of the year.
How can you protect yourself?
Remember, wear your helmet. Look for drivers who are going to be pulling out and turning left across your path. These drivers may not always see you coming, so prepare to stop if they decide to pull out. Defensive driving is key to staying safe, even if that means you prepare for others to break the rules.
Other things you can do to stay safe include wearing bright colors, tuning your motorcycle to be louder and making eye contact with drivers in your path. Acknowledging a driver with eye contact can guarantee you that the driver sees you coming and will likely not pull out in front of you, saving you from potentially serious injuries.
Source: Claims Journal, "July Most Dangerous Month for Motorcycle Crashes According to Progressive Claims Data," accessed June 22, 2016