As Spring is approaching, people will soon be dusting off their toys and heading outside! It’s a fact that warm weather equals more motorcycles on the road, and, not to be grim, but unfortunately, more motorcycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,502 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2010. That is a huge number and one that hopefully awareness can shrink in the future.
May is Motorcycle Safety Month. But at Deep Associates Insurance, we feel It is always a good time to review safety tips to help remind motorists and motorcyclists to share the road to keep both drivers AND riders safe.
Sharing the Road
Any time you are behind the wheel you need to be alert to avoid a collision, but it is especially important when motorcycles are nearby. No Distracted Driving!!
Motorcycles are much smaller than cars and can easily be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. It’s important when changing lanes or merging with traffic to not only check the blind spot, but to look specifically FOR motorcycles. Double Check, pay attention!
The National Safety Council (NSC) offers these tips for sharing the road:
- Allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
- Give a motorcycle the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
- Be extra cautious in intersections. Crashes often occur when a motorist fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of the motorcycle.
- Follow the rules of the roadway.
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Position motorcycle in the lane so you are outside of a vehicle’s blind spot.
- Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.
- Wear protective gear. Helmets and proper gear may assist in protecting you from serious injury. The NHTSA concluded in a recent study that motorcycle helmets reduce head injury deaths by 42 percent.