Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other motor vehicle on the roadway. And Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
To help raise awareness, All County Insurance wants to provide some basics to help keep you and other safe, this riding season.
As a Driver:
- Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width.
- Don’t assume a motorcycle is going to turn just because its signal is flashing. Some signals are not self-cancelling and motorcyclists forget to turn them off.
- Motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars, so allow greater following distance.
- Realize that wet pavement and road debris can create driving conditions that are especially hazardous for motorcyclists.
As a Motorcyclist:
- Wear your helmet! 41% of fatally-injured riders were not wearing helmets.
- Don’t drink and ride.
- Slow down! 35% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding. More than half of all fatal motorcycle crashes did not involve another vehicle and speeding likely contributed to many of these.
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