There are more motorcycles and automobiles sharing the streets and highways than ever before. Most of the time, they share the space without problems. But when collisions do occur, it’s usually because the driver of the automobile doesn’t see the motorcycle. Statistics show that 70% of car and motorcycle collisions happen at intersections when the driver does not see the motorcycle, thus turning in its path.
By following basic safety rules and paying attention, it is possible for everyone to enjoy the ride!
Rules for motorists:
Watch out for motorcycles: Use your eyes and mirrors and stay alert. Make sure you see the motorcycle and now its speed and intentions before you start to turn or enter an intersection.
Don’t be distracted: Hang up your cell phone and put down your food. Distractions can quickly turn into tragedies.
Give motorcycles room: Don’t try to share the lane. Motorcycles need room to maneuver safely. Don’t tailgate. Allow extra distance (3-4 seconds) when following a motorcycle.
Passing & being passed: Change lanes completely to avoid crowding the rider when you’re passing a motorcycle. Don’t move back into your lane too soon. When a motorcycle is passing you, maintain your lane position and speed so the cyclist can pass safely.
Use turn signals: Signal your intentions before you turn or chance lanes. It’s the law!
Road hazards: Motorcycles only have two wheels, so maintaining stability and traction is critical to riders. Potholes, sand, trash and other hazards can make it necessary for a rider to slow down, swerve or change lanes suddenly, which is another reason to give motorcycles plenty of room to maneuver.
Don’t litter: If you’re carrying cargo of any sort, make sure it’s securely tied down so it doesn’t end up on the road where it could turn into a deadly hazard. Don’t toss trash or cigarettes out your windows!
Rules for riders:
Get properly trained and licensed.
Wear protective gear.
Dress to be visible.
Stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
Ride unimpaired: Drinking and riding don’t mix.
Signal your intentions.
Know the laws.
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