The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The goal is to spread awareness of motorcycle safety, both by teaching motorcyclists valuable safety tips and encouraging motorists to share the road with motorcycles.
Do you ride a motorcycle? If so, here are some tips you can follow to create a safer road this month:
- Choose when to ride. If the weather is volatile, if you are feeling drowsy or if you have drunk alcohol or taken drugs, stay off the road.
- Stay visible. Most motorcycle accidents occur because other motorists fail to spot them. Add a bright or reflective element to your person or motorcycle.
- Stay out of blind spots. The size difference between motorcycles and cars makes it easy for a motorcycle to accidentally hide in a car’s blind spot. If you are passing a car on the left, pass quickly.
- Use turn signals. Signal every turn and lane change you make. It does not hurt to use hand signals in addition to blinkers, especially at busy intersections.
If you drive another type of vehicle, here is how you can do your part to prevent motorcycle accidents:
- Do not share lanes. Motorcycles may be smaller than cars, but they have the same rights and regulations as other vehicles. Do not attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Avoid tailgating. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop faster than cars. Allow some extra room when following a motorcycle.
- Check your blind spots carefully. Motorcycles can easily be overlooked when riding in a blind spot. Make extra sure you are clear before changing lanes or making a turn.
- Do not trust the turn signal immediately. Most motorcycles’ turn signals are not self-cancelling, so a motorcyclist may accidentally leave them on after making a turn. Wait for them to turn before making your move.
This spring, keep these tips in mind for a fun, safe season.
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