If you’re thinking about getting a motorcycle, here are a few things you should know.

Many people who are looking for adventure like the idea of riding a motorcycle. There’s a sense of freedom you can get from riding a motorcycle that you just don’t get in a car, it can be fun to ride and can also be a good way of beating the high cost of gas. There is no doubt that motorcycles are fun and economic, but along with all the fun and economy a motorcycle offers, they can also be dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclist are 30 times more likely to die in a crash then people riding in a car. More than half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of single vehicle crashes.  

For this reason, safety should be a main concern for any new rider and there are a few things you can do to stay safe while riding. 

If you’re not an experienced rider, you shouldn’t be fooled by the smaller displacement engine models, motorcycles looks can be deceiving. Motorcycles are powerful vehicles and can easily get out of control. Make sure it’s the right size and fit for you. Any knowledgeable and honest dealer should be able to help you find a bike you can handle.  

Like new cars, newer models of motorcycles can now come with antilock brakes, and they are worth getting. IIHS data shows that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it. ABS is something riders of all skill and experience levels should have on their bikes. 

If you’re a new rider, taking a safety course is a good idea . Find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. These classes can be a life saver. The cost ranges from free to about $350. An approved safety course could make you eligible for an insurance discount, and in some states, to skip the road-test and/or the written test part of the licensing process.