Due to the increased dangers associated with driving or riding a motorcycle, there are special laws and regulations that dictate the requirements of traveling the road on such vehicles. These regulations vary by state, so it is important to familiarize yourself with your state’s opinions on motorcycle laws. Perhaps the most commonly asked question is whether or not wearing a helmet is required by law.
In Oklahoma, you are required by law to wear a safety helmet both on and off the road if you are under 18 years of age. However, there are many other provisions in place by Oklahoma’s motorcycle laws, all of which can be found on this website. You may find laws that you did not even know you needed to be worried about, such as the height of your handlebar, which cannot be higher than the driver’s eye level.
While driving on the road, you are also required to wear eye protection unless your motorcycle has a windscreen, and your motorcycle must be equipped with a noise-suppressing system such as a muffler. It is important to note, however, that there are much less strict requirements of riding a motorcycle off road. In fact, the only real requirement when driving a motorcycle off road is the use of a safety helmet for riders under the age of 18.
It may seem like an inconvenience to have so many regulations placed on you as a motorcyclist, but it is important to remember that these laws exist primarily for your protection. Motorcyclists are at much greater risk of injury than those who drive cars or larger vehicles. A safety helmet could be the difference between life and death in the event of a car accident.