As the weather continues to get warmer and warmer, we will see more motorcycles gracing the roads. While riding with your hair whipping in the wind is definitely an exhilarating feeling, there are many risks when it comes to riding a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15% of total fatalities in 2013. Additionally, when looking at the accident rates per vehicle miles traveled, the NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than car motorists to be involved in a fatal accident and are also 5 times more likely to be injured.
Now more than ever in this time of smart phones and distractions, it is important to remain vigilant on the road and be aware of the drivers around us, cars and motorcycles alike. Here are some tips for both car motorists and motorcycle riders to follow in order to help minimize accidents on the road:
For car motorists:
*Never drive while distracted! Doing so can result in tragedy for you and for others, including motorcyclists. Put away your smartphone and focus on the road.
*Share the road. Allow motorcycles the full width of the lane at all times.
*Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging, especially at intersections. Motorcycles are smaller, making it easy to misjudge their speed and distance.
*Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic so others know your intentions.
*Always wear a helmet and protective gear. A DOT-compliant helmet is your safest option.
*Carry your license with you at all times and obey all traffic laws.
*Refrain from riding the lines of a lane. Stay in the middle of the lane so others can see you more clearly.
*Exercise increased caution when on the road. Try to anticipate the moves of other vehicles around you.
*Avoid riding when the weather is inclement.
*Never ride when you’re impaired or distracted.
Following these simple tips can really save lives on the road. For additional protection, be sure to contact your Madison Mutual agent to see if your insurance policy is up-to-date. Call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com today!