5/15/2013 2:00 AM

Share the Road with Motorcycles: Biker Safety

There are millions of motorcycles on America’s roads and the accident rate is much higher than for other vehicles. Motorcycling can be a high risk activity but many of those risks arise from other road users not giving these riders the attention they deserve. Since May is Motorcycle Safety Month, here are some safety tips for bikers and motorists alike.

  • For Bikers:
    - Always wear a helmet. A helmet could be your only source of protection in a crash.
    - Ride with caution and drive defensively. Never ride in between lanes or instigate aggressive driving with other motorists, and make sure they can see you.
    - Check your bike and yourself. Conduct a safety inspection on your motorcycle before each ride. Also, make sure you wear protective gear such as gloves, boots and a jacket. This will help reduce the severity of injury if you are involved in a crash.
    - Watch your speed. Of all vehicles motorcycles accelrate the fastest.
  • For Drivers:
    - Check your blind spots and look twice for motorcyclists. This is especially important when changing lanes.
    - Avoid tailgating by allowing more distance following a motorcycle than you would for a car.
    - Use your directional signals for every turn or lane change.
    - Pay attention to what’s going on around you.
During spring and summer months, the amount of motorcyclists will increase and it’s important for everyone that shares the road to be aware of one another. Most importantly, take your time getting to your destination.

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