Stay Safe on The Road with Bikes and Motorcycles

 


We are in the midst of summer, which of course, means that people are out there enjoying the warmer temperatures. One popular way that people enjoy the weather is by soaking up those summer rays. Especially those who want to go cruising on the roadways. But it’s not just those of us in cars who are enjoying the sun, it’s also motorcycles and bikes too!

As more and more of these travelers hit the roads, it also increases the number of collision fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 60 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities and 51 percent of bicycle crash fatalities in 2015 occurred from May through September, and most of those untimely deaths resulted from collisions with cars.

We want you to stay safe out there, so here are some extremely helpful tips for sharing the road with everyone this summer.

When driving your car, make sure you use your eyes. Remain alert while driving during the summertime and expect to see an increased number of motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians.  Drivers should take extra care when checking your blind spot. Motorcycles and bicycles are definitely more difficult to spot due to their smaller size and it is also more difficult judge their speed, so being vigilant about checking your surroundings is key.

Also drivers want to take heed and not tailgate or recklessly pass a motorcyclist. Allow at least three feet of space between your vehicle and bicycles while passing. And when driving behind a motorcycle, you should make sure to maintain a longer following time - around four seconds.

Safely driving on the roads isn’t just for those driving cars. For those driving motorcycles, you should do your best to remain predictable. Don’t whip and weave around the cars on the road. Instead, maintain a constant speed, as 33 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2015 were speeding — more than any other type of vehicle.  Also, make sure you wear protective clothing and helmets.

For those who are riding a bike, it’s easy to not consider yourself as a vehicle, but in actuality, in most states, you are, which means you’ll need to share the road with the cars. Cyclists should behave like their four-wheeled companions. They should ride in the center of a lane if there is no bike lane available, signal turns properly and avoid sudden any maneuvers. Also, make sure to wear a helmet, as well as bright colored or reflective clothing at night so people can see you.

Make sure to use these helpful tips to stay safe while out there on the roads this summer!   

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