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  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness
    June 26 2014

    Summer is here and with it there is an increase in motorcycle traffic.  Unfortunately, there is usually an increase in collisions involving cars and motorcycles.  With that in mind let’s all follow the following suggestions for a safer summer for everyone:

    Motorcyclists
    • Don’t speed.
    • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Always think ahead and give yourself time to react.
    • Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.

    Drivers

    • Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
    • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
    • Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don’t tailgate.

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