Now that May is here, motorcycle riding season is in full swing across the nation. That’s why the effort is on to make sure all drivers are aware that you and your bike are sharing the road with them. The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign is designed to make sure that motorcycles are a part of everyone’s safe driving mindset.
Here are some motorcycle-related accident facts gathered by Dairyland® from their records:*
Safely operating a motor vehicle requires focusing on good driving practices. Avoiding distractions is a good place to start. Most car and truck drivers don’t understand how vulnerable motorcycle riders are in traffic and aren’t necessarily looking out for them. Whether it’s using a cellphone, eating, drinking, or other in-vehicle activities, drivers create many distractions for themselves. That means you need to be extra aware of those around you.
While the campaign strives to increase motorcycle safety awareness for car and truck drivers, as a bike rider, you should also take steps to be seen and safe. The first one is understanding the challenge the average driver has in seeing you in traffic. Those challenges include:
You should also expect that other vehicles may violate your right-of-way. Start by actively scanning for hazards. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Search-Evaluate-Execute (SEE) strategy offers these tips:
Check out this Motorcycle Safety Foundation publication for more tips on being seen and safe while riding your motorcycle.
Till next time, ride safe!
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