Sharing the Road

According to NHTSA

In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died. Motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. To keep everyone safe, drivers and motorcyclists are urged to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycles

TIPS FOR CAR DRIVERS

  • Always check your blind spots 
  • Be extra cautious when passing 
  • Remember that motorcycles react more quickly than cars 
  • Weather warning Night-riding can be treacherous for motorcyclists 
  • Stay in your lane 
  • Inform motorcyclists of your intention to turn 
  • Intersections are danger zones 
  • Watch for turning motorcycles 
  • Take a second look at left-turns

TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

Not every state has a helmet law, but even if yours doesn’t, wear one anyway.  A motorcycle crash is a “violent event.” More than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to NHTSA.  In addition to wearing a helmet:

  • Choose a bike that fits you; “supersport bikes” have driver death rates about four times that of cruisers or standard bikes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Invest in antilock brakes
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes for a while
  • Know the rules of the road
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill
  • Never drink and ride
  • Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of all collisions occur
  • Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel
  • Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen
  • Use headlights day and night
  • Be courteous; don’t weave in and out of lanes, or ride on the shoulder or between lanes
  • Don’t speed
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles
  • Wear goggles, glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it’s clear if riding at night

Source: National Safety Council

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