As the weather starts to warm up, more motorcyclists will take to the highways.  Because May is National Motorcyclist Safety Awareness Month, we want to remind vehicle operators to be extra alert when sharing the road with these travelers.  Being more vulnerable to crashes, motorcycle riders may fall victim to a driver that simply “did not see them.”  That’s why both drivers and motorcycle riders should follow the rules of the roadway and obey traffic laws.

Here are some tips for drivers:

  • Never share the lane with a motorcycle, give them lots of space.
  • Don’t drink and drive, in order to keep everyone safe.
  • Use extra caution when approaching an intersection.
  • Allow distance between you and the motorcycle rider.
  • Do not be a distracted driver.  Turn the cell phone off, or use a hands-free one.
  • Understand that motorcycles can maneuver quickly in traffic and suddenly come up behind you.  Be sure that you check your mirrors, and look before changing lanes.

Tips for motorcyclists:

  • Take Motorcycle Safety Foundation driving classes, and be licensed.
  • Be sure that you have the ability to properly handle the size of motorcycle you purchase.
  • Have good riding skills.
  • Know how to use defensive driving techniques.
  • Don’t ride in bad weather.
  • Wear high-visibility gear; bright colors to help you be seen.
  • Protect all parts of the only body you have with a good helmet, gloves, jacket, boots, goggles, riding pants.  These products won’t help if you leave them at home.  Special gear is designed to keep you comfortable, as well as safe.
  • Be a proponent of ATGATT, “All the gear, all the time.”
  • Use turn signals with every lane change.
  • Use extra caution when approaching an intersection.

Motorcyclists have as much right to be on the roads and feel safe as anyone else.  Let’s make this spring and summer a safe one and lower the statistics of accidents suffered by motorcyclists, bikers, and those riding in vehicles.  The only way we can successfully do this is by being more alert and responsible behind the wheel.  Accidents happen every day, and it is usually because someone was in a rush or simply not paying attention.  Play by the rules and no one will get hurt.


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