Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these guidelines:
• Participate in a motorcycle training course.
• Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
• Wear a brightly colored protective gear and a DOTcompliant helmet.
• Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.
• Combine hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention.
• Use reflective tape and stickers to make yourself more visible.
• Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers.
Drivers can help make motorcyclists safe by following these guidelines:
• Road users are reminded to never drive, bike or walk while distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for motorcyclists.
• Remember that a motorcycle has the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway.
• Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
• Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. A motorcycle has as much smaller profile than a vehicle, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
• Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Don’t be confused by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before your proceed.