Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle. The person under that helmet could be a mother, brother, doctor, or friend;
Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width — never try to share a lane;
Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
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. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
Allow more following distance — three or four seconds — when behind a motorcycle to give the motorcyclist time to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway, or stop in an emergency;
Never ride distracted.
Chief Demry said motorcyclists can increase their safety by:
Wearing a DOT-compliant helmet;
Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;
Signaling intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves;
Wearing brightly colored protective gear, and using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity;
Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers; and
Never riding while impaired.
“Our message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: Help to share in the responsibility of keeping all road users safe, and do your part by safely sharing the road,” Chief Demry concluded.
For additional information on motorcycle safety, go to www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.