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Motorcycle Safety Tips

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 3:35pm PDT

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between the years of 2001 and 2008 over 34,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents, and more than one million people were treated by emergency facilities after motorcycle accidents. Over the years the uses of motorcycles have increased immensely, perhaps it is because they are more fuel-efficient for single passenger travelers. No matter the reasons, people are being seriously injured or killed as a result. Here are some safety tips to consider when driving a motorcycle and also for the other drivers on the road. Motorcycle helmet laws were established to save lives and that is exactly what they do. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that in the year 2008, 1,829 lives were saved as a result of helmets, and likely that an additional 823 lies would have been spared had they too worn helmets.

Wearing an approved motorcycling helmet is essential for safety; don’t consider not wearing one even as an option. Also, as one would say not to drink and drive a car, don’t drive your bike under the influence either it is dangerous and foolish. It is also encouraged for riders to wear specialized clothing when on the road, to help protect from some injuries and also to help you be seen by other drivers on the road. Also, avoid tailgating cars and make sure not to drive in their blind spots that can lead to dangerous results. Motorcycles have a lot less security during bad weather conditions, drive with caution in extreme weather or perhaps take an alternative method of transportation. Lastly, it is important to understand how to properly operate your bike, be trained to ensure not only your own safety but also the safety of others.

Drivers, when you are on the road it can be a little frightening when a motorcyclist flashes by you, even in traffic. Though bikes are a means of legal transportation, it is up to you as a driver to be very aware of your surroundings, especially for motorcycles. Tailgating is not smart when behind a bike either, because there is much less weight, they are able to stop a lot faster than a car, drive with a safe distance between you and any moving object in front of you. Drivers be aware of your blind spots and always take a good look around you before merging or changing lanes, this just may save a life. Another important note on the road is to use the turn signals; they are there to help other drivers know what you are doing, so use them and not just when around motorcycles either. As a message to all drivers: motorcycles, cars, and trucks alike; proceed with caution and remember the laws of the road are there to protect your life.

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