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Look Twice - Save A Life

Look Twice - Save A Life

Bikers are often unfairly characterized as risky drivers, but they are not always at fault in vehicle crashes. Other drivers have a responsibility to avoid accidents, as well.

That’s why “Look Twice - Save A Life” is good advice for both bikers and car drivers. “Look Twice - Save A Life” means checking your blind spot, being aware of your surroundings, and using extra caution to help keep roads safe for motorcycle riders.

The ABC's of Motorcycle Safety

A – Always wear a helmet: Helmets protect your head in case of a crash.
B – Be visible: Wear bright clothing and use lights to make sure other drivers can see you.
C – Control your speed: Stay within the speed limit and ride at a safe speed for the conditions.
D – Don’t drink and ride: Alcohol impairs your ability to ride safely.
E – Educate yourself: Take a motorcycle safety course to learn how to ride properly.
F – Follow the rules of the road: Obey traffic laws and be aware of your surroundings.
G – Gear up: Wear protective gear like gloves, jackets, pants, and boots to reduce the risk of injury in a crash.
H – Have a maintenance routine: Keep your motorcycle in good condition by regularly checking tires, brakes, lights, and other essential parts.
I – Increase your skills: Practice riding in different conditions and environments to improve your abilities.
J – Join a riding group: Riding with others can provide support and help you learn from more experienced riders.
K – Keep your distance: Maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles to give yourself time to react to unexpected situations.
L – Look ahead: Always scan the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards.
M – Make yourself heard: Use your horn or signals to alert other drivers of your presence.
N – Never assume: Always assume that other drivers may not see you and be prepared to react accordingly.
O – Obey traffic signals: Respect traffic signals and signs to avoid accidents.
P – Plan your route: Know where you’re going and plan your route in advance to avoid getting lost or ending up in unfamiliar areas.
Q – Quick reflexes: Practice emergency maneuvers like swerving and braking to improve your ability to react quickly in dangerous situations.
R – Ride defensively: Be aware of potential hazards and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
S – Stay focused: Keep your attention on the road and avoid distractions like texting or talking on the phone while riding.
T – Take breaks: Long rides can be tiring, so take regular breaks to rest and rehydrate.
U – Use your mirrors: Check your mirrors frequently to stay aware of what’s happening behind you.
V – Visibility is key: Make sure your headlights, taillights, and turn signals are working properly so other drivers can see you.
W – Weather awareness: Be aware of weather conditions and adjust your riding accordingly.
X – X-tra caution at intersections: Intersections are where most accidents happen, so approach them with extra caution.
Y – Yield to safety: When in doubt, yield to other vehicles or pedestrians to avoid potential collisions.
Z – Zero tolerance for reckless behavior: Don’t take unnecessary risks or engage in reckless behavior while riding.

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Safety Tips for Car Drivers

Car drivers share the responsibility to keep roads safe. If you are a vehicle driver, you can help ensure your motorcycle-riding neighbor arrives safely at their destination.

-Expect there to be bikers on the road. This is one of the most important things you can do. Treat bikers with respect; don’t crowd them.

-Stay alert. Resist the urge to drive on “auto-pilot” when you’re on a familiar route.

-Similarly, eliminate distractions. Whether it’s talking on the phone, changing music, eating, or trying to help children in your backseat, it’s all distracted driving.

-Avoid drifting, especially when making turns, and check your blind spots before changing lanes. A cursory glance in the mirror may not be enough to spot a motorcycle.

As you get behind the wheel, remember to look twice – you truly may save a life.


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