Eight Important Motorcycle Safety Tips
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Arkansas's beautiful countryside beckons motorcyclists to explore the
Natural State's diverse motorcycle destinations. We urge all visiting
motorcyclists to carefully read the motorcycle safety information listed
below. These eight motorcycle safety tips will help you stay safe while
having lots of fun on your motorcycle road trips.
Although Arkansas does not mandate motorcycle helmet use for
riders or passengers 21 years of age or older, we strongly recommend
wearing DOT-approved helmets as well as protective body wear, boots and
Arkansas summer temperatures can soar above 100 degrees
Fahrenheit (40 degrees Centigrade) and fall well below freezing in
winter. High temperatures accompanied with highway-speed wind blast can
quickly dehydrate riders. Freezing rain, sleet, snow and hypothermia
are winter riding concerns. Please ensure you are prepared and have
appropriate gear and clothing before beginning your Arkansas motorcycle trips.
The same sparsely populated and heavily forested conditions
that create excellent riding opportunities provide fertile breeding
grounds for deer, opossum and armadillo. Our highways cross their
territory and their mothers never told them to look both ways before
crossing the road.
Ride our curves, but don't exceed your abilities. Arkansas
State Highway and Transportation Department signs clearly signal hazards
and state curve speeds.
If your motorcycle's reliability is a concern, keep in mind
that cellular phones and pagers don't receive signals in remote - and
often prime -- riding areas.
Think again before passing that pit stop -- it is possible to
ride 150 continuous miles on Arkansas's back roads and never find a gas
Arkansas welcomes motorcyclists but not inconsiderate
individuals with excessively loud exhaust pipes. Please respect the
right that Arkansans have to peace and quiet while in their homes or
Not everyone traveling Arkansas's back roads is out for a leisurely ride. Allow passing when possible.
We hope this motorcycle safety information will help you stay safe and have fun on your motorcycle road trips.