During the summer months there are more vehicles traveling on the road, which includes motorcycles and bicyclists. Due to the heavier traffic during these months, safety becomes an issue, which is why every precaution should be taken when practicing safe driving.

Motorcyclists are at a huge risk while on the road, as their vehicles offer less stability, less protection, and they are less visible on the road. With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist safety is an important public health concern.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVER’S
Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a motorcycle rider’s right-of-way, here are some tips for safe maneuvering:

  • Stay back. When riding behind a motorcycle,  increase your following distance. Leave an extra buffer zone for safety.
  • Let them swerve. This is necessary for bikers to miss potholes and other road debris which may not seem important in a car, but can mean life or death for a biker.
  • Double-check when turning. Please, look twice and save a life! If you are looking out for small vehicles, you are sure to see everything else.
  • Share the road. Bikers can only do so much to protect themselves, so make a mental note to keep a look out for them.
  • Practice defensive driving techniques when motorcycles are on the road.

Let’s keep our rider’s safe. They are our friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers. Follow these motorcycle safety tips, share the road, and please, drive safely!

SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDER’SShare the Road Safely
When you ride your motorcycle, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Watch your speed. Motorcycles accelerate the fastest of all vehicles, so exercise caution when passing other vehicles.
  • Wear protective clothing. Leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. Upper body clothing should also have bright colors or reflective materials, so other motorists can see you more easily.
  • Avoid tailgating and watch for driver’s blind spots.
  • Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
  • Always ride with your headlights on.

Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA as a friendly reminder:

  • Remember that motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Don’t try to share the lane.
  • Keep in mind that motorcycles are more difficult to see. Make the extra effort to look twice. Remember, it’s more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
  • Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look because of their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle signals usually aren’t self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Don’t forget that road conditions that are minor annoyances to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. As a result, motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions, such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and grooved pavement.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Be extra cautious on weekends, when more motorcyclists take to the road.
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