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Motorcyclists: Follow these veteran biker safety tips

The longer you ride a motorcycle, the more tricks you learn. Some of these tricks you may learn from your fellow riding buddies, some you may learn from taking a motorcycle safety course -- which you should do at least once a year if you're an avid biker -- and some you might learn from reading an article just like this.

Here are a few tips for motorcycle safety from veteran bikers. Peruse the following advice with an open mind, consider applying it while riding and you just might save your life:

Only ride with people you trust

Have you ever ridden with a showoff or a drunk person? Maybe you've gone for a ride with an inexperienced rider who takes unnecessary risks. Make sure that the people you ride with are "your kind of bikers," and make sure they practice safe motorcycle riding techniques.

Be as visible as possible: Even if it's embarrassing

The more visible you are on a bike, the better. This means you might have to wear that embarrassing bright yellow vest. Or, select the brightest colored riding gear you can find. Also, put neon reflective taping on your bike, your boots and your clothing. Get the most advanced headlamp money can buy. Doing this could save your life.

Make sure your gloves fit well: And wear them

Buying any old motorcycle glove is not going to cut it. You need to make sure that the glove fits your hand. Whether your hands are large or small, when your gloves fit right, you'll control your bike better. Thinner gloves will provide the most control, so consider buying heated grips so your hands don't get cold during the winter months.

Get a good night's rest

A sleepy, tired or exhausted motorcyclist is much more likely to get into a serious accident. If you're feeling fatigued, don't get on your bike. Take a nap instead: It's a much better (and safer) use of your time.

The above advice could prevent an accident

The above advice could prevent a motorcycle wreck; however, it won't alleviate all risks associated with riding a motorcycle. To stay on top of your game, consider taking at least one safety course annually. Also, if you do get hurt -- due to no fault of your own -- consider looking into the details of the incident and getting a handle on your legal rights and options.

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