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Motorcycle Safety
Over the past 10 years motorcycles have been increasing in popularity. Studies indicate that about 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with automobiles. In about two thirds of these accidents the automobile is at fault. Since motorcyclist are not well protected, any accident or collision can be devastating. Motorists who appreciate the hazards motorcyclists face, and who respect their rights on roadways, can help reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Please refer to the table below for safety tips that can help keep everyone safe on our roadways . . .

Tips for Motorcyle Riders Tips for Automobile Drivers
Assume you're not seen - ride with headlights on at all times to increase visibility. Aggressively watch for motorcycles, especially during good weather.
Don't take unsafe advantages with your speed or maneuverability. Never crowd a motorcycle - respect their right to share the roadways.
Use appropriate signaling, be sure to cancel signals after turns. Be aware motorcycle turn signals usually don't self-cancel,
so don't assume a blinking turn signal assures a turn.
Ride in a manner that discourages lane sharing with autos. Never share a lane with a motorcycle -
they need added space to safely maneuver.
Stay out of auto's blind spots - check your own blind spots before lane changes. Check your blind spots before lane changes -
motorcycles are small !
Use caution, especially at intersections. Automobiles may not see you or misjudge your speed. Actively watch for motorcycles, especially at intersections.
Due to their smaller size, a motorcycle's speed is easy to misjudge.
Use caution when passing automobiles - be certain they see you and you can pass safely. Assist motorcycles trying to pass. Give any motorcycles
you pass extra room before returning to your lane.
Maintain a clear distance ahead in case you need to maneuver to avoid road hazards. Be aware that motorcycles may need to maneuver suddenly to avoid road hazards.
Items like potholes, railroads, oil slicks, puddles, sand, gravel, debris, etc. that may cause no problem for autos may be pose significant problems for motorcycles.
Ride so as to improve your visibility and view of traffic. Motorcycles may need to maneuver in their lane to better view traffic -
give them space.
Always wear appropriate safety gear including helmets. Always wear your safety belts.
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