May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This event spreads safety information about motorcycles on the road. As the weather gets warmer, the number of those driving motorcycles will increase, and with that, all drivers on the road must be more aware of their surroundings to prevent accidents.
Always wear safety gear
Even if it’s not required by state law, (helmets are required for both riders and passengers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island requires helmets for all passengers, and Connecticut requires helmets for all passengers under the age of 18 or operating a motorcycle with a motorcycle learner’s permit) it is crucial to wear a helmet to prevent head injuries if an accident occurs. Helmets save lives.
Use your headlight day and night so you are easier to be seen by both cars and trucks up close and at a distance.
Give yourself space
Drive defensively by giving yourself time and distance to account for all other motorists’ driving.
Stay in your lane
This is incredibly important. Make sure to remain in your lane. Do not weave in and out of lanes or between traffic, especially in dangerous areas like highways and freeways. If you are changing lanes or turning, always be sure to either signal with a blinker or use hand signals to make sure drivers around you can anticipate your movements.
Watch the weather
When riding, make sure you have a plan of action if bad weather occurs, whether that’s getting a ride to your destination or waiting out the weather.
Always check twice
Before changing lanes, check to make sure you didn’t miss a motorcyclist who might’ve been in your blind spot.
When passing or changing lanes, make sure there is enough room to do so. Always check your blind spots.
Keep a safe distance
When driving behind motorcycles – or any other vehicle – ensure that you have enough space to stop safely if an accident or problem occurs around you.
Drive safely and defensively
Always drive defensively to avoid accidents and account for other drivers’ actions. Expect the unexpected and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never use your cell phone or become distracted while operating a moving vehicle.
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