Motorcycle Safety Awareness
When sharing the road with a motorist:
• Take a Motorcycle Rider Safety Course to develop good techniques.
• Get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license.
• Wear appropriate gear.
• Make sure you can be seen: wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.
• Be alert! Tired and drowsy can impair a motorcyclist’s ability to react.
• Plan your route in advance and coordinate it with the other riders when riding in a group.
• Inspect your motorcycle before each ride.
• Alcohol and other drugs can affect your judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.
• Know the local traffic laws and rules of the road and obey them.
• Show courtesy and respect to other drivers.
• Stop Street Racing – SPEED KILLS!
New traffic laws affecting motorcyclists:
• Effective July 1, 2008 all motorcyclists must complete a motorcycle safety course and pass the motorcycle knowledge and skills test for a motorcycle endorsement.
• Effective October 1, 2008, an operator of a motorcycle or moped must maintain both wheels on the ground at all times, and the license tag of a motorcycle or moped must be affixed horizontally.
When sharing the road with a motorcyclist:
• Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
• Check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
• Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling, and riders sometimes forget to turn them off.
• Road conditions that are minor annoyances to passenger vehicles pose major hazards to motorcyclists.
• Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Shared from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor VehiclesPublished on: July 30, 2012