The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. During the month of May, The National Safety Counsel will remind motorists to share the road, and be extra alert of their surroundings. Cyclists will also be reminded to drive safe. Now that warmer temperatures and nice weather is among us, the number of motorcyclists on the roads will start to increase.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35% more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those in passenger vehicles. Of those fatal motorcycle accidents, head injury is the leading cause of death. In the state of Colorado, if you are over the age of 18, it is not required that you wear a helmet while riding or driving a motorcycle; however, motorcyclists under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a DOT approved helmet. Regardless of age, it is always recommended that you wear a helmet, as it is proven to save lives. In fact, a motorcyclist wearing a helmet has a 40% better chance of survival than a biker who does not wear a helmet.
To avoid any unnecessary accidents there are some simple tips every motorist and cyclist should know.
Motorists Share the Road with Motorcyclists:
Motorcycles can often be hidden in blind spots. Check rearview mirrors and side mirrors before switching lanes
Allow yourself a larger distance between car and motorcycle
When entering intersections, be extra careful. A large number of crashes involving a motorist and a motorcyclist occur when the motorist does not see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of him/her.
Motorcyclists Share the Road with Motorists:
Try to only ride when the weather is nice and avoid bad weather if possible
Position yourself within the lane so that you are not in anyone’s blind spot
Every time you change lanes or make a turn be sure to use turn signals
Make sure not to tailgate behind other vehicle. Give yourself plenty of time to stop in emergencies
Never exceed the speed limit—especially when navigating turns.
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