Motorcycles are often invisible on our roadways. They are difficult to see, because of their size and shape, and because many riders do not wear high-visibility gear. A crash can happen in an instant. In fact, the first five words after a crash are often, “I didn’t even see them.”
Everyone is responsible for driving safely. Remember, slow down, pay attention and be on the lookout for motorcycles. Look Twice and Save a Life!
Safety Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motorcycle operators have the same rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full lane width at all times.
- Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
- Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
- Always allow more following distance — three to four seconds — when behind a motorcycle. This gives the motorcycle driver more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never drive distracted or impaired.