Daniel (“Dan”) Hohal works as a complex claims supervisor with an insurance company based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. A keen motorcyclist, Daniel Hohal maintains active membership with the American Legion Riders. Safety is a key concern for motorcyclists, especially when transporting passengers. Here are some tips on motorcycle passenger safety.
1. Before mounting a motorcycle, passengers should check that the bike’s passenger foot pegs are down.
2. Passengers should take note of the bike’s exhaust pipe and avoid touching it while mounting, dismounting, and riding. The pipe gets very hot when the bike is in use.
3. Riders should focus on smooth gear transitions to ensure passengers don’t shift around on the bike. Poor gear changes can lead to helmet collisions.
4. A passenger should not mount a motorcycle until the rider gives the go-ahead. Mounting early can result in unexpected weight shifts that topple the bike, rider, and passenger.
5. Motorcycles lean during turning, which passengers can account for. As the bike heads into a turn, passengers should look over the shoulder of the rider relevant to the turn. For example, look over the right shoulder when heading into a right turn. This ensures passengers automatically lean into turns.