The beginning of May is when most consider the official start of the summer, but it is also the OFFICIAL start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As spring turns to summer, motorcyclists all over the nation are hitting the open roads, engines rumbling, riding free. But just as bikers are taking time for those long-awaited road trips, other vacationing motorists are doing the same. Everyone is so excited to arrive at their destination, some don’t take the time to look twice for motorcycles – and bikers need to be especially vigilant.
In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we’re reminding everyone to share the road! Bound to the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers, bikers are just as entitled to their personal space on the road without fear of a collision.
RideApart.com reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be fatally hit on the road than other commuters. This is largely due to motor vehicle drivers not using turn signals or checking blind spots when switching lanes. More than carelessness, however, is the growing number of distracted motorists not paying attention while checking their phones and texting – which has continued to increase over the years. A few safety tips the NHTSA recommends for motorcyclists is to be sure their bikes are in full, proper condition before riding, wearing appropriate safety gear, and it is HIGHLY recommend that bikers take a defensive riding course. Many riders are self-taught, and according to ABATE executive director, Jay Jackson, these riders account for 90 percent of motorcycle crashes.
To learn these critical safety skills, bikers near Daytona and New Smyrna can look to Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson. Their Riding Academy includes classes that are acknowledged by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for both new riders and those that want to improve their riding finesse. Click HERE to learn more information about these classes. For FL Bikers in other ares, the Harley-Davidson Riding Academies offer classes in other parts of the state (and throughout the U.S.), as well. Click HERE for more information on these classes.
Let’s all enjoy this beautiful, sunny time of the year. Most importantly, LOOK TWICE when you drive so everyone will ARRIVE ALIVE.