Hitting the open road on two wheels gives you a sense of freedom, flying down the highway. While motorcycles can be fun and exciting, safety considerations are paramount. People riding motorcycles and people driving cars, trucks, and SUVs need to be aware of all aspects of motorcycle safety.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:
- Be visible. Always use your lights when driving, turning, and braking. Use reflective strips as well.
- Dress the part. Wear your helmet and eye protection at all times. Wear bright and appropriate protective clothing.
- Always be aware. Keep an eye on your surroundings and have a plan for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
- Keep as much space as possible between you and other vehicles to allow time to react to traffic changes.
- Follow the rules of the road, including staying in your lane and using signals to give other motorists time to react to you.
- Assume that other drivers may not see you, and drive defensively. Use your horn when necessary.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Know your bike and the rules of the road. Take a refresher course to keep your skills sharp.
- Be respectful and courteous to everyone else on the road. Share it safely.
Safety Tips for Automobile Drivers:
- Be aware of motorcycles at all times. Check twice before changing lanes; motorcycles can be hidden in your blind spot.
- Respect motorcycles as you would any other vehicle.
- Assume motorcycles are closer than you think. Due to smaller size, their distance and speed can be difficult to judge.
- Motorcycles may slow down without engaging the brake light so increase your following distance to allow safe stops for you and the motorcycle.
- Motorcycle turn signals do not turn off automatically. Be aware that a rider may have forgotten to turn off the signal.
- Do not expect a motorcycle to dodge out of the way, especially when road conditions are less than ideal.
- Think of a motorcycle as a human being rather than just a machine.
Cars and motorcycles can safely share the road. Respect a person’s mode of transportation, whatever it is. Remember that all vehicles are carrying human lives. Follow the rules of the road, and always be aware of your surroundings. If an accident does occur, the Emergency Care center at Regional Medical Center is there for you.