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May is Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month

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May 5, 2016 by Minuteman Trucks

Over two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. The motorist either does not see the oncoming motorcycle at all or does not see the motorcycle in time to avoid a crash. It is important for motorists to know that their actions affect the safety of motorcyclists. A motorist and a motorcyclist may take different actions for the same driving or highway situation. For example, a motorist may ignore a piece of road debris; however, that same piece of road debris may be deadly for a motorcyclist.

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As a motorist or a passenger, there are some steps to become more aware of motorcyclists.

  • Respect the motorcyclist
  • Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway.
  • Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.

Look out:

Look for the motorcyclist on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Clearly signal your intentions.

Anticipate a motorcyclist’s maneuver:

Obstructions (debris, potholes, etc.) that you may ignore or not notice can be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive actions.

Allow plenty of space:

Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.

This safety bulletin is brought to you by Idealease.

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