May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We want to take this time to remind all drivers how important it is to stay focused on the road whether you’re on two wheels or four. Here are some quick tips and things to keep in mind when sharing the road:
- Remember, motorcyclists have the same rights to the road as any other motorist. Give them the same respect.
- Always wear a DOT compliant helmet when operating a motorcycle. The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved more than 1,800 lives of motorcyclists in 2017.
- 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 important when following a motorcycle since they are more prone to sudden maneuvers around potholes, gravel and slippery surfaces that may not affect cars as much.
- Be aware of your blind spot. Drivers should always look for motorcycles before switching lanes.
- Motorcycles are often moving faster than they appear. Do not turn quickly in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Be alert. This applies to all motorists — 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 it out before hitting the road.
- Make sure you and your motorcycle are in good working order. This means that you are properly licensed, have motorcycle insurance and 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 safety tips for everyone to follow while on the road. Sharing the road helps keep everyone safe.