Drive Safely around Motorcycles
Motorcycles provide almost no protection in a crash. Numerous crashes occur when other vehicles turn ahead of a motorcycle.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:
- Wear an approved helmet that meets current safety standards.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Wear a full face helmet that protects your eyes and face.
- Be visible. Wear bright, reflective clothing.
- Always keep the headlight on.
- Ride in a position that promotes visibility on the road and leave enough room to move.
- Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.
- Drive defensively and be watchful of other vehicles turning ahead of you.
- Be aware of hazardous road conditions.
- Choose the correct lane position and enter a curve slowly.
- Know your skill limits, the environment and your motorcycle.
- Use turn signals when changing lanes.
- Drive at an appropriate speed for prevailing circumstances.
- Take refresher rider courses.
Safety Tips for Drivers of Other Vehicles:
- Be considerate and aware of motorcycles, especially at intersections.
- Maintain a safe following distance allowing sufficient space for motorcycles.
- Use signals to turn and be alert of oncoming motorcycles.
- Give motorcycles a full lane of travel.
- Check your blind spots when changing lanes.
- Turn signals are not self-cancelling on most motorcycles. Be sure you know what a motorcyclist is doing.