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National Motorcycle Awareness Month

Share the road! May is the National Motorcycle Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding both motorist and motorcyclists to “share the road”.

Summer is coming, which is also motorcycle season. Motorcycles are very common on our highways, but it’s important that we don’t forget that they are also more vulnerable. Motorcyclists face more risk when being involved in a traffic crash. They don’t have the protective shell that the other drivers on the road do. 4,976 motorcyclists were killed, that’s up 8 percent from 2014.
It is everybody’s responsibility to ensure that we all arrive at our destinations safely. There are things that everyone can follow to make sure that we are all safe on the roads.

Drivers,

  • Give them the full lane, motorcycles may be smaller, but it’s still the law that we give them the full lane to travel.
  • Always signal before changing lanes, if you’re around a motorcyclist, give them a little extra time to see your signal.
  • Give them more space when you follow a motorcycle.
  • Always look twice, it really can save a life!

Motorcyclists,

  • Obey all traffic laws.
  • Wear all the proper protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet.
  • Do your best to be seen, if you’re going to change lanes try to make eye contact and use your hand and arm signals.
  • Wear bright colored clothes and reflective gear.
  • Ride where you can see and be seen best in the lane.