Motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. In 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists died. To keep everyone safe, we urge drivers and motorcyclists to share the road and be alert. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
Below are a few tips from NHSTA, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The following are practices motorcyclists should be following to help reduce injuries and accidents on the highway:
- Wear clothing that is visible to other motorists.
- Always have your headlight on when riding.
- Always wear a helmet on a motorcycle, regardless of whether it is the law.
Steps other motorists can take to help reduce accidents and injuries on the highway during motorcycle season are:
- Always yield to motorcyclists.
- Avoid distractions while driving.
- Look twice before changing lanes to make sure there is no one in your blind spot.
Both motorcyclists and other motorists should follow these practices:
- Obey all traffic signs and laws.
- Drive defensively.
- Do not drive when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Those wanting to ride a motorcycle should take a rider education and training course prior to operating a motorcycle. This can help provide a safer riding experience for everyone on the road. Cooperating with all motorists on the roadways will help reduce the number of accidents this summer.