Text Box: MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

HIGHWAY SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY TIPS ALLOWING MOTORISTS AND MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS TO SAFELY SHARE MICHIGANíS ROADS

 

 

CAR AND TRUCK DRIVERS ARE URGED TO:

 

 †† Be aware of cyclists.† After Michiganís long winter, drivers are not accustomed to seeing motorcycle, mopeds and bicycles on the roads.

 

 †† Share the road.† Motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane of traffic, just like another car or truck.† Moped and bicycle riders must stay to the right and share a lane.

 

 †† A safe distance from the motorcycle.† Because of road hazards or other traffic conditions, motorcyclists may have to swerve or stop suddenly.

 

 †† Check your blind spots before turning, changing lanes, backing up or parking.† Many traffic crashes occur because a driver did not check or see the motorcyclist.

 

 †† Be extra alert for motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles at or near intersections.† They are easily overlooked if traffic is heavy or the driver is in a hurry.† Pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic to insure that a motorcyclist may not be coming straight through.

 

 †† Use extreme care in passing.† Because of the smaller size of a motorcycle, a car or truck passing too fast or too close could blow the motorcyclist out of control.† In addition, a vehicle passing too close to a motorcycle, could throw stones or other road debris at the motorcyclist.

 

MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS ARE URGED TO:

 

 †† Be properly trained and to have a motorcycle endorsement on their driverís license.

 

 †† Keep in mind that weather conditions, road surfaces and fatigue pose greater problems for cyclist that other motorists.

 

 ††† Always wear a helmet.† A good quality helmet which fits properly affords the most protection.† Gloves and boots provide added protection.

 

 †† Wear brightly colored clothing so the motorcyclist is seen by other drivers.† Operation of the motorcycles headlight (standard on most late model motorcycles) also increases the visibility of the motorcycle.

 

 †† Assume that the driver of the other vehicle does not see the motorcyclist.† Always be prepared to take evasive action.† Drive defensively and within the rules of the road.

 

 †† Ride near the center of the lane just outside of the grease strip.† Stay out of other drivers blind spots.

 

 †† When riding in a group, do not ride two abreast in a single lane.† Ride in a staggered formation, allowing a safe distance between motorcycles to maneuver in an emergency.

 

 †† Avoid excessive speed when operating the motorcycle.† Slow down at night and during inclement weather, when visibility is usually reduced.

 

 ††† Avoid alcoholic beverages when operating the cycle.† Be aware that over the counter drugs as well as prescription drugs may have effects on the motorcyclist such as making them drowsy.

 

 ††† Keep your motorcycle in good operating condition, using the safety and maintenance checks listed in the ownerís manual as a guide.† When it comes to preforming those maintenance items, if the motorcyclist does not have a good understanding of mechanical maintenance techniques or lacks the appropriate tools, they should seek the help of a trained service professional.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

For information on a rider safety course near you, contact the Motorcycle Safety Foundation by calling 1-800-446-9227 or visit the Michigan Department of State web site for training information.

 

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Michigan.† Letís have a safe and enjoyable riding season by sharing the road together.

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