Before you get back on your motorcycle and head out on Illinois’ roads this spring, especially after a long winter without use, you need to ensure your motorcycle is in proper working order.The best way to go about doing this is to create a motorcycle safety checklist.(The following motorcycle safety checklist is a modification of a list created by Nationwide Insurance.)Tires -make sure your tires are in proper working order, such as looking for weather cracking, tread depth (in more than one spot), and tire pressure.Wheels – look at your wheels for any signs of loose spokes or bent rims.Lights – check the condition of your lenses for signs of cracking or condensation as well as testing your headlamp, turn signals, brake lights and tail lights, then replacing any bulbs that need it.Battery – you won’t get very far with a dead or nearly dead battery, so make sure your battery is fully charged, or replace an old battery if the case is bulging.Fluids – always check your fluid levels before getting on your motorcycle, this includes engine oil, brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, your coolant, and of course fuel. If your bike has been in storage all winter, chances are you will need an oil change and a new filter.Controls – this refers to your throttles, cables and hoses. Check your throttles to ensure they twist freely and snap back in the off position. Additionally, look at your cables and hoses for any signs of damage and that they are not interfering with suspension and steering.Brakes – even though you’ve already checked your brake fluid, you still need to inspect your brake pads and liners.Tools – every biker needs to keep a tool kit, first aid kit, and ideally a tire repair kit on their bike at all times in case emergencies happen on the road. If you haven’t looked at your kits for a while, make sure all the parts are still in working order and replace any expired medications that may be in you first aid kit.Gear – motorcycle safety doesn’t stop at your bike, it also applies to your motorcycle gear. Make sure your helmets, jackets, pants, boots, gloves, and goggles are all in good working order and still fit you properly.By making sure your motorcycle is road safe you can decrease the chances of being in an Illinois motorcycle accident. While many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, especially those in larger vehicles like cars or trucks, making sure that you are doing everything you can to protect yourself will allow you to fully enjoy your riding experience.If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will listen to your case and let you know what legal options are available. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (312) 263-1080.