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Brush Up On Your Motorcycle Safety

motorcycle safetyIt’s prime riding season, so we wanted to give you a reminder on some good safety points for experienced and new riders.  Read these great tips Safeco.

Be Prepared. Be Protected.

You’re no kid and that’s no 10-speed. To stay safe, you need complete command of your motorcycle and the best safety gear you can get. Next time you’re heading for the highway, keep in mind these helpful motorcycle safety tips.

Use Safety Gear

Your motorcycle insurance policy through Safeco covers up to $3,000 in custom parts and equipment. Any time you buy new leathers or safety equipment or customize your bike, contact your local Safeco agent so we can update your limits.

Wear a Helmet

A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury in a crash than a rider without a helmet.* A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study reports that “helmets saved 1,483 motorcyclists’ lives in 2009, and that 732 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.”* Buy a full-face helmet for the best protection for your head and eyes. Wear other protective gear as well: heavy leather or synthetic gloves, long pants and jacket, and over-the-ankle leather boots.

Be Visible

In a crash, the SUV wins. When cars and motorcycles collide, it’s usually because the driver of the car failed to see the cyclist. With more SUVs on the road, it’s even more critical to take extra steps to become more visible. Use your headlamps—both night and day—and wear yellow, red or orange jackets to make yourself easier to see. Make a point of positioning yourself in your lane for visibility.

Take a Safe Riding Course

One out of four motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2009 were driving with invalid licenses.* More than 90 percent of riders involved in accidents haven’t taken a formal motorcycle driving course. Get to know your bikes capabilities, like how it performs on a curve or slick roads, and you’ll become a much safer rider. Errors like over-braking, driving too fast and under-cornering are major factors in most solo mishaps.

You can also get discounts on your insurance with a Motorcycle Safety Foundation safe riding course or are active in one of 24 approved groups that promote safe riding. Do both and you could save up to 15 percent.

Ride Sober

Driving impaired is more deadly for cyclers than other drivers. In fact, more than half of all motorcycle deaths occur when the rider has been drinking.

Remember for all your motorcycle insurance needs give Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance a call.

Protecting YOU is our Job

source info: Safeco


May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

motorcycle awareness monthMay is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. Motorcyclist fatalities increased in 2012 to 4,957, accounting for 15 percent of total fatali­ties for the year. This increase in motorcycle fatalities continues a tragic trend over the last 15 years, which only saw a one-year decline in 2009. Crash-related motorcycle injuries also increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.

  • Road users should never drive, bike, or walk while distracted.  Doing so can result in tragic consequences for everyone on the road, including motorcyclists.
  • A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
  • Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
  • Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Allow more distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.

For more information regarding motorcycle insurance give Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance a call at 860-684-2721.

Protecting You is our Job

Article courtesy of Traffic Safety Marketing



Motorcycle Road Trips in Connecticut

riding in connecticutAs fall approaches so does the great weather for long scenic rides on your motorcycle.  So we went in search for some great areas in Connecticut to head out on the open road. has some great information on the best places to ride in Connecticut so we thought we would share it with you. Here are two of the suggestions made that you might enjoy.

Northeast Connecitcut Country Loop

Start out in Ashford, CT. at the intersection of rte. 44 and 74 heading east on rte. 44. Ride past the famous Hole in the Wall camp as you head out to rte. 198 where you will turn left onto 198 (Eastford rd). Soon in you will come to a funky intersection, go straight across and slightly left.

Your next turn is a left onto rte. 171(Bigelow hollow rd). Your next turn is a right onto rte. 197 (old turnpike rd). Follow this for quite some time, into the small town of Quinebaug where you will take a right onto rte. 131(Quinebaug rd). This will become rte. 12 (Riverside dr). You can either take a right at West Thompson rd. and follow that to rte. 171 (Woodstock ave.) and take a right and then a left onto rte 169 (Norwich/Worcester Tpk.) and then a right onto rte. 44 west in Pomfret heading back to the starting point. Or you can follow rte. 12 to 44 west and back to the start. Or- after turning onto West Thompson rd take a right onto 171, take a right at 198 and then a left onto rte. 44 west.

Scenery  5 star

Small villages, old farms and CT. forests highlight this route. Sparsely populated and very picturesque.

Road Quality  4 star

Roads are in good shape, winding and fun to cruise on. Traffic is minimal and the rolling hills and farm country is beautiful.

Roadside Amenities  2 star

Not a lot to do along the way. I recommend breakfast at a little place right at the start of the route at the junction of 44/74. I also recommend fueling up there.


Northern Connecticut Appalachian Mountains Ride

Start at the intersection of RT 202 and 20, just outside Granby CT.

Head West on RT 20. Take 20 into to Winsted, where you need to switch to RT 44 still heading west. Take this up through Canaan, CT. There’s a bunch of restaurants in town, if you are getting hungry.

Stay on 44 to Lakeville, get on 41 South, and in Sharon Switch to 4 South, which takes you into Cornwall Bridge. This brings you through some towns where there are tons of places to eat, shop, or stay.

From Cornwall Bridge, take 7 South along the Appalachian Trail again, to New Milford. At New Milford, turn onto 45 North, back up to Cornwall Bridge. From there, get on Route 7 North to Canaan CT, where the trip ends.

Scenery  5 star

This ride brings you along the North West border of CT, across top of the Appalachian trail, and then along it, as you travel South. The route is a long loop, and you could turn it into a nice weekend trip, especially if you have to travel a bit to get out there.

Road Quality  4 star

Most of this route is along designated scenic Routes. Some roads are really twisty, and steep. Along a few sections, the roads aren’t in the best shape, but the scenery makes up for it.

Roadside Amenities  5 star

A solid 5 as there are several museums, state parks, towns and places to stay on this route. Inns and B&Bs abound along Route 7, especially. Route 7 is really famous for its antique shops too.

And for all your Motorcycle Insurance needs remember Penny Hanley & Howley is just a phone call away. Ride Safe.


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