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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Last updated on May 7, 2019 at 03:19 pm

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We want to take this time to remind all drivers how important it is to share and stay focused on the road whether you are on two wheels or four. Below are some quick tips for all drivers:

  • Remember, motorcyclists have the same rights to the road as any other vehicles. Give them the respect of any other motorists.
  • Always wear a DOT compliant helmet when operating a motorcycle. NHTSA estimates helmets saved more than 1,800 lives of motorcyclists in 2016.
  • Motorcyclists should use reflective tape and gear when possible so they can be more visible to all motorists.
  • Keep a safe following distance. This is especially true when following a motorcycle since they are more prone to sudden maneuvers around potholes, gravel, and slippery services that may not affect cars.
  • Be aware of your blind spot. Drivers should always look for motorcycles before switching lanes.
  • Motorcycles often are moving faster than they appear to motorists. Do not make rash decisions about turning quickly in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Be alert. This applies to all motorists — sure you do not get behind the wheel, or handlebars, when you are feeling drowsy.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. All drivers should avoid hazardous conditions like wet roads, snow, and ice. Wet and slippery conditions are even more dangerous to motorcyclists because they are exposed to all elements. Play it safe and wait out the conditions before hitting the road.
  • Make sure you and your motorcycle are in good working order. This means you are properly licensed, you have motorcycle insurance, and you are physically road ready. If you haven’t ridden in a while, you may want to take a refresher class.
  • Never ride or drive when distracted. It is never worth the risk of injuring yourself or someone else.

These are just a few tips for everyone to follow while on the road. Remember, sharing the road helps keep everyone safe. Are you a motorcycle enthusiast? Tell Plymouth Rock Assurance your tips for staying safe.

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