There are few things more fun than taking to the roads on your motorcycle during the warm summer months. Whether your sojourns take you across the country or you just enjoy riding down the back roads here at home in the Garden State, many people find worshipping the earth on two wheels addictive. However, it is important to understand the risks you take when you get behind the handlebars. According to the State of New Jersey, motorcyclists are the most vulnerable population segment of all vehicle operators.

However, there are many ways to ensure that you do not become a statistic. Probably the best way to prevent motorcycle fatalities is to ensure that you are wearing proper safety gear. This, of course, involves wearing a DOT-approved helmet. It also involves wearing an armored textile jacket or solid motorcycle leathers. (Do not mistake fashion-oriented motorcycle jackets for the real deal. If you bought it off the rack at the mall, it is probably not going to protect you very well in a crash.)

Another thing is to consider dressing up in brighter colors. While the iconic motorcyclist may have been dressed in black, it is a simple fact that the motorcyclist dressed in neon yellow is going to be more visible to drivers. If drivers can see you, they are less likely to accidentally cut you off or hit you.

Also, don’t consume any alcohol while you are behind the wheel. Almost 1/3 of motorcycle accidents involve some level of intoxication consumption on the part of the motorcycle driver. Staying safe on the roads involves staying sober.