The warmer the weather, the more motorcyclists take to the road. And that naturally causes the number of collisions involving motorcycles to spike.
That is likely why the warmer month of May brings along Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month as well. Kentucky police and highway patrols are urging both motorcyclists and motorists to drive safely this summer. Even though May is past, they hope that their efforts will increase safety for all motorists all year round. So, here are some safety tips to decrease the alarmingly high number of fatal accidents on Kentucky roads.
Motorists: Look twice
National campaigns that encourage motorcyclists and motorists to share the road often use the phrase “Look Twice for Motorcycles.” And it is actually a good piece of advice for drivers to follow.
In the event of an accident, a motorcyclist will almost always fare worse than a driver inside a vehicle. That is because motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road, which also makes them harder to see. Motorists can significantly increase motorcycle safety on the roads if they:
- Leave a safe following distance for motorcycles, about four seconds worth
- Check blind spots and use turn signals when turning or changing lanes
- Yield to a motorcyclists’ right of way
Nowadays, distracted driving has risen to the top of the list for causes of car accidents. If drivers do not see other vehicles because of distractions, then they will certainly not see a motorcycle. That is why it is essential for drivers to avoid distractions and stay aware when sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists: Think twice
Motorcyclists have a ticket to a road culture that is different than other motorists on the road. However, that should not impact the measures motorcyclists can take to stay safe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides many tips to improve motorcycle safety, including:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear
- Make sure the bike is in good shape
- Always ride defensively
- Avoid weaving through lanes
- Avoid driving at night as much as possible
There is always some level of risk on Kentucky roads for any motorist, whether they are on a motorcycle or in a car. If all riders and drivers hold themselves accountable for road safety, then the road can become safer for everyone.