Whether you’re behind the wheel or behind the handlebars, it’s important to know how to be safe when motorcycles are on the road. According to the NHTSA, on a per vehicle mile basis, motorcyclists are over 26 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and 5 times more likely to be injured in a crash. That’s a scary statistic! So in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, use these tips to brush up on your motorcycle safety and share the road with less worry.
Safety Tips for Motorists
If you’re not keenly listening for the rumble of a motorcycle, you might not be aware that you’re sharing the road with one. That’s why cars, trucks, and buses need to be extra careful to account for their two-wheeled counterparts. In addition to always obeying road signs and staying focused on the road, stick with these simple safety tips when you see a motorcycle on the road.
- Give the motorcyclists the whole lane.
- Give motorcyclists a little extra following distance (3-4 seconds).
- Always check your mirrors and blind spots for bikes and other motorists.
- Always signal before you change lanes or turn.
- Never drive distracted!
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
Just as cars need to be aware of motorcycles on the road, bikers can do their part to keep safe on the road, too. Take the right precautions beforehand, like getting the right motorcycle insurance, wearing highly visible clothing, and choosing the right motorcycle helmet. Then, use these tips so drivers can more easily watch out for you.
- Stay to the middle of the lane when possible for better visibility for other drivers.
- Allow extra following distance to account for longer stop time.
- Always use hand signals and turn signals.
- If your turn signal isn’t self-canceling, take care to turn it off when needed.
- Avoid riding in bad weather when you can.
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