ASK GARY: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and like actual motorcycles on the road, this might come as a surprise to you. With the weather getting warmer and sunnier, motorcycles will be more prevalent on the road, and we need to be sure they are noticed as well. One of the greatest dangers of cycling occurs when other vehicles do not see them, or fail to give them adequate space.
For those driving in cars and trucks, please be sure to check your mirrors when changing lanes and turning – don’t forget that we have blind spots and that turning your head is the best way to have full awareness of your surroundings. Newer models have indicators to assist in identifying a vehicle in your blind spot, but better safe than sorry. With more motorcycles on the road, share the road and give them plenty of space! Treat them like a full-sized vehicle, leaving plenty of distance between you and them and never try sharing the lane with them.
Motorcyclists will have heard this advice hundreds of time, but always drive defensively and visibly! As important as good riding gear is, the best way to stay safe is to avoid any incident in the first place. Knowing where vehicles have blind spots and doing your best to avoid riding in that blind spot can be lifesaving.
Drive (or ride) safely to make this a safe month for everyone on the road!