TCLOCK: This Acronym Could Prevent an Annapolis Motorcycle Crash
TCLOCK: Learn How This Simple Acronym Could Prevent an Annapolis Motorcycle Crash From Occurring
Now that the Maryland weather is warming up, you’re bound to see more motorcycles on the road, and if you’re a biker yourself, you may be thinking about taking your vehicle out of storage to enjoy a nice spring ride. Whether you’re cruising down 97, or easing your way down West St. or through the historic Annapolis docks, you’ll want to do so safely, and the TCLOCK acronym can help with that.
The Truth About TCLOCK
TCLOCK is a simple acronym that can remind you of what to check on your bike before each outing. Giving each of the components a quick once over could alert you of an area that needs maintenance, and possibly prevent an Annapolis motorcycle accident from taking place.
T – Tires
L – Lights
O – Oils
C – Chassis and Chain
K – Kickstand
Each of these motorcycle parts are vital to the bike’s performance. Knowing of a problem when it first occurs could stop you from getting injured in a crash.
T – Tires, Wheels and Brakes
Your tires, wheels and brakes are some of the most important components of your bike. The tires are what keep you upright and on the road. If they fail, you will most likely end up on the ground. Your brakes also need to be in excellent condition, or they may not work when you need them the most.
Look at your tires for any bulging, wear, cracks, weathering or embedded objects. You’ll also want to inspect the wheels for cracks, bent spokes and any other similar damage. Make sure the rims are round and check the bearings for free play in the tires.
Additionally, check the air pressure in the tires, as well as the tread depth. You’ll also need to make sure the brakes work well enough to prevent the bike from rolling when you stop.
If you notice any problems, address them before you hit the road, or you could end up in a serious accident.
C – Controls
The controls of your bike are basically the hardware that holds it together and allows it to operate. Controls include cables, levers, pedals and mounts. Inspect your bike to ensure that all of these parts are damage-free and aren’t loose.
You’ll also want to check your hoses to look for any leaks, bulges, cracks or cuts and to make sure they aren’t in the way so they won’t interfere with the steering.
Also give your throttle a once-over to check that it moves freely and snaps closed.
L – Lights and Electronics
One of the biggest disadvantages that bikers face is how poorly they are seen by other drivers. Checking your lights to ensure they are working can help other motorists see you, and possibly prevent crashing into you.
Turn on your high and low beams to make sure they are working and aiming in the appropriate directions. Look at your taillights, as well, to ensure they are working, and step on your brake to see if the brake lights illuminate.
Check that your turn signals work in all directions, and inspect the connections at the battery terminal to ensure they are tightly connected. Also look for any pinched or damaged wires. If you notice anything working improperly, correct it before getting onto the road.
O – Oil and Other Liquid
Oils and the other liquids in your bike are its life blood. If they dry up or are low, your bike could become damaged, or cause it to malfunction while you are driving.
To prevent this from occurring, check your oil levels before you go out. Check other liquid levels in your bike as well, just to be safe.
C – Chassis and Chain
Before you hop on your bike, give the chassis a good inspection. Check the frame for any cracks or other types of damage and give the front forks a good look. Additionally, move the handlebars back and forth to make sure you’re able to steer properly.
You’ll also want to make sure the chains and belts have the proper tension, and that all the mounts are properly secure.
K – Kickstand
You may not think the kickstand is that vital to your bike’s performance, but if you’ve ever tried to park your bike without it, you know it is invaluable.
Additionally, if your kickstand comes down while you’re riding, you could have difficulty driving. Before you get on your bike, make sure your kickstand is in working order. Replace the kickstand or correct the problem before you ride.
Getting into an Annapolis motorcycle crash is a situation just about no one wants to experience. If you are the victim of such a crash, however, you’ll need proper representation.
Call the law offices of Jimeno & Gray, P.A., to find out what we can do for you. Request your free copy of the book A Crash Course in Maryland Accidents, written by attorney Gregory Jimeno, when you call.
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