More than a quarter of a million bikers are expected to roll into the area for each of the two motorcycle rallies in the Myrtle Beach area this month - it's also motorcycle safety month, which is perfect timing...
Most Myrtle Beach area motorcycle crashes are caused by negligent, distracted, or careless drivers who are not keeping a look-out for motorcycles. There's nothing a motorcyclist can do to force other drivers to be respectful, but you can take steps to be prepared and keep a constant lookout for the reckless drivers who will almost certainly be on the road with you.
Stay alert and stay safe - it only takes a moment's lapse to become a statistic.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally 2018
The spring rally starts this week, running May 11-20.
This outdoor events calendar is packed with things to do, including music performances in the area and a pig-pickin' and bikini contest at the North Myrtle Beach Drag Strip. Or check out this Bike Week website for more calendar events and information on where to stay.
Atlantic Beach Bikefest 2018
Also known as Black Bike Week, this event will happen May 25-28.
Visit the official website to check out music events and dance parties, as well as tips on how to stay safe during Black Bike Week.
Bike Rally Safety Tips
Before You Hit the Road
· Check the weather: Almost all the fun is to be had outside, so make sure you have appropriate clothing for the weather. If you haven't already, start checking the seven-day and even 10-day forecasts.
· Pamper your bike: Take your motorcycle in for a tune-up before you hit the road. Make sure your oil is changed and tires are good for the trip.
· Bring your helmet: Adults are not required to wear a helmet in Myrtle Beach, but, depending on where you're coming from, you could pass through areas that require helmets. Also, you should wear a helmet regardless of the law - it can save your life or spare you from traumatic brain injury.
· Get to know SC Motorcycle Laws: Check out a summary of the state's rules for bikers.
At the Rally
· Stay sober and stay vigilant: There will be a lot of people on the road. Unfortunately, some will be intoxicated, and others will not be paying attention - don't be one of those people. Keep your mind sharp, put your phone away, and ride defensively.
· Wear appropriate gear: Protect your feet and hands and wear clothing that will protect your skin if you fall. Denim and leather are tried and true, but it's worth checking out newer gear that combines good protection, lightweight materials, and subtle reflective stitching so others can see you.
· Avoid unfamiliar roads: The city has created a route for the rally, and you should generally stick to it. Other roads may not be safe for riding, and a lot of drivers may not be on the alert for bikers outside the official event areas.
· Be prepared: Traffic will be tough, and you may find it hard to stop and get what you need - like gas. Fuel up before you come and pay attention to your gas gauge. Bring water and snacks - and don't forget sunscreen.
Sometimes, no matter how prepared and alert you are, accidents will happen. If you become the victim of a reckless driver in the Myrtle Beach area who causes a motorcycle crash, the SC motorcycle accident lawyers at Axelrod and Associates will help you to hold the at-fault driver accountable and collect full compensation from their insurance company.