Motorcycle Safety Tips to Remember
As spring turns to summer, more bikers will be hitting the roads and taking advantage of the nice weather. I'd like to remind all drivers, not just bikers, that there are some safety tips you should remember when sharing the road.
For Car and Truck Drivers:
- Because they are smaller in size, motorcycles look like they're further away than they are. Be sure to assume they're closer to your vehicle than you think.
- Bikers tend to slow down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle, which doesn't activate a brake light. It's smart to allow three or four seconds of following distance and anticipate when a biker could slow down at intersections.
- Since motorcycle turn signals are not usually self-cancelling, don't assume a motorcycle's signal is intentional.
- Make sure you're as visible as possible – use your horn, wear bright and reflective clothing, and position your bike where it can be seen.
- When riding in traffic at speeds under 40 mph, keep a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Constantly scan the area around you while biking – never leave your eyes locked on one thing for more than two seconds.
- Know your state's helmet laws and insurance and licensing requirements. If you do wear a helmet, make sure it has a sticker indicating DOT (Department of Transportation) compliance.
- And of course, don't drink and ride!
Over 5,200 bikers were killed in the United States in 2008 – let's do everything we can to bring that number down! You can check out our firm's website for more information on motorcycles, including helmet laws, insurance requirements, and safety tips.