Now that warmer weather is here, you will begin to see more motorcyclists out and about. Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT compliant helmets and other protective gear, and to be more visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
Increasing safe riding cooperation between all road users and motorcycles will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our highways. Additionally, the more drivers are made aware of the risk to motorcycle riders on the road, the less crashes and injuries to both drivers and riders there will be. Please take a moment to review the following information. You may help save a life.
What Can Drivers Do to Help?
- Focus on Driving – Don't be a distracted driver. Hang up the cellphone, don’t play with the radio and NEVER text while driving.
- Keep it in your Car – Don't throw trash or lit cigarette butts out the window.
- Check rear view mirrors before changing lanes or stopping short. A quick stop without checking rear traffic may result in a rear-end crash.
- Double check both sides of the road when backing your car out of driveways. Try to listen as well. You may hear a motorcycle before you see it.
- Motorcycle riders must be more cautious when riding in inclement weather, on slippery surfaces, or when encountering obstacles on the roadway. Please maintain a safe distance so the rider has time to react.
- Don't clean your windows when a motorcycle is behind you on a highway. More spray is getting on the bike and rider than on your windshield.
- Pay attention to a rider's hand signals.
- DO NOT TAILGATE! Please leave enough distance in case the rider needs to brake.
- Take extra time to look before you pull out at an intersection to make sure a motorcycle is not coming. Do not pull out in front of a motorcycle. It could be fatal.
- Do not force your vehicle into a pack of bikes. Many motorcycle riders ride in packs as a means of safety, or they are riding on a benefit run put together to support a local charity. Be patient and let them pass safely.
- Use extra caution when yielding onto a highway. Due to its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it appears or it may be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed. Look for motorcycles before entering the roadway at a high rate of speed and proceed with caution.
- Motorcycle riders often slow down by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Motorcycles may slow down without visual warning.
- Motorcycle riders often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize effects of road debris, passing vehicles and wind. Motorcycle riders may be changing lanes for a purpose, not because of recklessness.
All road users are reminded never drive, bike, or walk while distracted.
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