Share the Road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding motorists this month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
As part of its efforts to support this campaign, the NHTSA has released some important safety tips for drivers and motorcycle riders, pointing out ways that every motorist on the road can take responsibility for:
- Reducing the risks of traffic accidents
- Saving lives.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke to the importance of this month-long safety campaign, noting that:
Sharing the road means looking out for your neighbors, whether driving, riding, or walking – and when everyone obeys the rules of the road we all travel more safely… It’s especially important now as the weather gets warmer and more motorcyclists will be out on the road – we must look out for their safety.
NHTSA Tips for Drivers: How Drivers Can Reduce the Risks of Motorcycle Accidents
Here’s what the drivers of passenger vehicles can do to minimize their risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident:
- Give motorcycle riders the full width of the lane at all times – Even though motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, riders still have the same rights to the road as other motorists.
- Be cautious when you see a rider with his signal on.
- Always use your signals when changing lanes and/or making turns – Additionally, don’t assume riders have seen you. Check to make sure your blind spots are clear before proceeding with the lane change/turn.
- Check your mirrors and blind spots when merging into traffic.
- Put more room between your vehicle and a motorcycle you are following – This allows for more time to stop in the event of some emergency.
- Never drive drunk, impaired or distracted.
NHTSA Tips for Riders: How Motorcyclists Can Stay Safe on the Roads
For riders, NHTSA safety tips for reducing the risk of motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
- Wear other protective gear, including gloves, boots and jackets, for optimal protection.
- Never ride drunk or impaired.
- Always obey all traffic laws (including speed limits) when riding.
- Ride in the middle of lanes when possible to provide maximum visibility to other motorists on the road.
- Use signals before turning or making lane changes.
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