Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders and Drivers
Safety Tips as a Driver
- Motorcyclists take to the road more on the weekends, so be extra cautious.
- Allow motorcyclists enough room to maneuver; especially in areas with potholes, pavement transitions, and railroad crossings.
- Everyone has the same right to a lane, so never try to share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Check mirrors carefully as well as your blind spots if a motorcycle is nearby, before changing lanes.
Safety Tips as a Motorcyclist
- Make sure to keep headlights and taillights on at dusk, dark, and rainy weather.
- If you intend to pass a vehicle, stay 3-4 seconds behind, and check oncoming traffic from the left side of the lane, and signal the intention to turn.
- When completing a pass, check your rearview mirror and quickly turn your head to ensure the vehicle is a safe distance behind you.
- It is important to wear helmets that meet a high protection standard, as helmets are only 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries in the case of a crash.
- Riders without helmets are 3 times more likely to have a brain injury in a crash.
- Make sure to wear proper clothing, eyewear, as well as sturdy and closed toe footwear to have adequate protection.
Important Statistics on Motorcycle Crashes
The following information was provided by the Insurance Information Institute (III):
- According to NHTSA, in 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes.
- 92,000 motorcyclists were injured additionally in 2014.
- In 2014, 39 percent of these motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
- Motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled in 2013 and five times more likely to be injured, according to NHTSA.