Whether you ride or drive, everyone plays a part in motorcycle safety. This September, we’re making everyone aware of how they can help. September is when more motorcycles hit the road – so staying safe is vital. Motorcycles are becoming more popular, with a 60% increase in motorcycle travel on the road in the last 10 years.
They’re also involved in more crashes. In 2015, motorcycles were involved in 17% of crashes and 10% of deaths despite making up only 3% of road users. So far this calendar year, 22 riders have died on the roads. That’s simply not good enough! So here’s some quick tips for riders & drivers alike:
AWARENESS FOR RIDERS
- Get Ride Forever coaching. Learn More
- Get the right license. License Info
- Keep your motorcycle in safe condition. Maintenance Tips
- Always wear protective clothing
- Always wear a full-face helmet
- Ride defensively
- Make sure you’re visible. Be Seen. Choose the right gear
- Stand out in the crowd. Be Seen.
- Ride to the conditions and don’t speed
- Road Condition Tips
- Don’t ride while on alcohol or drugs
- Don’t ride if you’re tired
AWARENESS FOR DRIVERS
- Slow down behind motorcyclists
- Always look twice at intersections
- Check your blind spots
- Drive to the conditions
- Always use your indicators
- Know that motorcycles can appear quickly
- Motorcycle indicators don’t automatically turn off. Make sure the rider is turning before pulling out
For more information, take a look at the official Motorcycle Awareness Month website.