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Make Your Motorcycle Road Trip Accident Free

Allstate Reminds Riders of Dangers of the Road During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May

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Before you plan your next motorcycle road trip, whether it’s your first or one of many this year, Allstate has a few reminders about protecting yourself and your ride while on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were over 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 5 times more likely to be injured.*

"Allstate has a long history of keeping riders covered when they need insurance protection and we want to remind motorcyclists to keep safety and awareness at the top of their mind when they are on the road," said Jeff Sadler, Allstate product line manager.

Allstate offers motorcycle safety tips to help riders get their bikes ready for riding season, choosing important safety gear and how to be safe while riding.

Get Ready for Riding Season

  • Test the lights, brakes, and turn signals

  • Check the oil and fuel levels

  • Make sure the mirrors are positioned correctly

  • Check the cables to make sure they aren’t worn or frayed

  • Lube the chain and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s specs

  • Try a rider-training course to brush up on your skills

Invest in Good Gear

  • If your helmet doesn’t have a face shield, pair it up with goggles or glasses with safety lenses

  • Use safety as your excuse to shell out for that leather jacket and pants

  • We know black and bikes are a perfect match, but a bright color will help other drivers see you better

  • Wear durable, non-slip gloves

  • Invest in boots or shoes that cover your ankles

When You’re Out on the Road

  • If you wear a helmet, pick one that has the DOT label that shows it meets federal safety standards

  • Know your bike’s limits

  • Stick to the speed limit

  • Don’t tailgate other vehicles

  • Use your signals

  • Don’t weave through traffic or drive on the shoulder

  • Don’t ride in blind spots and always use your headlights

  • Use both brakes at the same time, slow and steady

To help make the most of your time out on the road, The Allstate Blog has helpful tips for the ultimate motorcycle road trip that include:

  • Choosing your co-riders

  • Picking the right destination

  • Selecting the best route to take

  • Monitoring the weather

Riders may also want to make sure they have the coverage they need for their bike. If you own a motorcycle, there’s a good chance Allstate can help you protect it – and yourself – just in case of an accident. Allstate’s motorcycle policies are designed with bikers’ needs in mind, so call 1-877-379-BIKE (2453) for a quote. To find an agent in your area, visit


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via, and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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