With the increasing temperatures, there is also an increase of motorcyclists on our roads and highways. Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation due to their low initial cost, recreational use, and good fuel efficiency. However, motorcycle fatalities make up approximately 11 percent of all highway fatalities each year, which is why The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to use Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind all motorists to ride safely and smartly.
Share The Road – All motorists should safely share the road with motorcycles. It’s important to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe. Always check your blind spots and keep a greater distance when driving behind a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists are also reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists and be cautious when on busy roads or highways.
Ride Sober – According to the NHTSA, statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on our roads. It is important that motorcycle riders ride smart and sober.
Wear a Helmet –In the event of a crash, a motorcycle does not provide much protection, so it is important to protect what you can by wearing a helmet. Drivers and passengers should always wear helmets.
Be Prepared – Driving a car and driving a motorcycle involve different skills and knowledge, so it is important to have a proper license and a good amount of experience if you will be operating a motorcycle. Also, make sure your motorcycle is properly maintained so that it is safe to ride.