As the weather continues to get warmer, be prepared to see more motorcycles on the road. As motorists, it’s our responsibility to watch out for motorcycles. Many crashes occur because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Drivers should always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic, The National Safety Council explained. Motorcycle safety also is an issue of increasing concern – fatalities involving drivers and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to NSC.
Throughout the month of May, which is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, NSC encourages motorists to share the road with motorcyclists and to be extra alert when they are nearby. NSC’s tips include:
1. Must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
2. Drivers also must show extra caution in intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
3. Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Always give a motorcycle the full lane width.
To better defend themselves, motorcyclists should follow the rules of the roadway and wear protective gear such as a helmet, the proper jacket, and correct eyewear.
1. Should avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
2. Should position their motorcycles to avoid a driver’s blind spot.
3. Must use turn signals for every turn or lane change.
For more information about traffic safety please visit, http://www.nsc.org
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