Riding a motorcycle is dangerous, there’s no question about that. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that motorcylists are 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than drivers of passenger vehicles.
While not all motor vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists are a result of other drivers, there are many that could be prevented if people were more aware of motorcyclists on the road. Here are a few things that drivers can do to help keep motorcyclists safe.
1. Remember that motorcyclists can ride at any time of year
Motorcyclists can be found on the roads across America at any time of year. Whether it’s summer, spring, winter or fall, you may come across a motorcyclist while you drive. Always give them room to maneuver, and don’t pull out in front of them. Remember, these riders could be badly hurt if they’re involved in a collision.
2. Obey traffic laws, always
It might seem like running a yellow light just before it turns red is safe, or you might think that you can make a right-hand turn without coming to a full stop. Take a moment to think about those actions, though, because they could put you and others in danger. It is important that you’re focused on the way you’re driving and making sure to follow the rules of the road. There is never a time when it’s appropriate to break the rules, because you never know who might be driving near you and who could get hurt.
3. Always double check the road before you make a left-hand turn
Finally, always double check the area around you before you make a left-hand turn. Why look twice? Sometimes, it’s hard to see a motorcyclist, or you might underestimate how fast they’re traveling. Take the time to look both ways and back again, so you know that you have an appropriate amount of time to make a turn and to avoid a crash with another vehicle.
It may seem like a hassle to have to go out of your way to prevent motorcycle accidents when you consider the smaller size of the vehicle and the extra steps you’ll need to take to make sure you don’t hit one, but making simple changes will help save lives. It’s worth a little extra time to make sure that everyone can make it home safe at the end of the day.