The summer season is in full swing, and for many, the warmer weather is an open invitation to enjoy the great outdoors. From fishing and hiking to camping with friends and family, there are endless ways to enjoy the beauty of New Mexico, but one of the best ways to get the most out of this beautiful state is to hit the open road on your motorcycle. Traveling across the state on a motorcycle not only allows you to enjoy the beauty, but it can also give you a sense of freedom unlike any other form of transportation. If you’re planning on taking a road trip with your motorcycle this summer, continue reading below for a few tips that can help keep you safe.

Before you leave for your road trip, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for any and every situation. That’s where MVD Express can help! The last thing you want is to be halfway through your trip and get pulled over because you forgot to renew your motorcycle registration, or you pull out your New Mexico motorcycle license only to discover that it has expired. At MVD Express, we can help you tackle all of your MVD needs, so stop by a location near you, or give us a call to schedule an appointment before you leave for your trip!

Check Your Bike

Before you hit the open road, it’s a good idea to give your bike a once-over to make sure everything is in working condition, even if you’ve gone for a ride recently. For short drives around the neighborhood or the town you live in, it isn’t necessary to check the bike every time, but if you’re planning to cover a lot of ground on your motorcycle, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The main things you want to examine are the tire tread, air pressure, and all the lights on your bike. Be sure you make any adjustments to these areas before you hit the road, such as adding more air to the tires or replacing a light bulb. Even if you think your tires don’t need to be changed until after you return from your trip, you may want to replace them just in case.

Avoid Bad Weather

One of the reasons most people choose to ride their motorcycles in the summer, aside from the warmer temperatures, is because they are less likely to run into bad weather conditions that could put their safety at risk. For example, rain and snow could make the roads unsafe for motorcyclists, but these types of weather aren’t as common during the summer as they are in other seasons. However, that doesn’t mean that bad weather doesn’t come knocking every once in a while. Especially in the early months of the summer, there is still a chance that you may run into rain, thunderstorms, and high winds. During your ride, make sure you keep an eye out for these potentially dangerous weather conditions, and take cover if the weather gets to be too severe.

Stop By MVD Express

At MVD Express, we understand that you are anxious and excited to hit the road, which is why we make it easier than ever to take care of all your MVD needs. Whether you’re renewing your motorcycle registration or your New Mexico motorcycle license, our friendly staff can help you get in, get out, and get back on the road in no time! Explore our website to learn more about our services and find an MVD Express location near you, and when you’re ready, be sure to make an appointment so you can skip the line. In the meantime, keep an eye out for part two of our series where we will give you even more tips for staying safe on the road.