The warmer weather leads many people to bring out their motorcycles and ride through the city's beautiful streets. However, more motorcycles on the road increases the chance of devastating motorcycle accidents.
This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorcyclists face more risks on the road than any other driver. And raising awareness can help boost safety for motorcyclists and drivers alike on Pennsylvania roads.
Recent accidents only increase the need for safety
There were already many catastrophic motorcycle accidents in the greater Allentown area this April. One left a 23-year-old woman dead. These recent accidents only added to this month's efforts to raise awareness about motorcycle safety.
Police and lawmakers are not the only ones who can make changes that protect motorcyclists. Both drivers and motorcyclists alike have the power to make roads safer.
What can drivers do to increase safety for motorcyclists?
Even compact cars pose a real danger to motorcyclists. Any car is larger and heavier than a motorcycle. So, a collision is almost always worse for the motorcycle.
Drivers can help reduce the chance of a motorcycle crash when they:
- Check blind spots carefully when turning or changing lanes
- Give motorcyclists plenty of room on the road and at stoplights
- Review and understand a motorcyclist's right of way
- Take care at busy intersections, since other cars can hide motorcycles
- Use turn signals liberally to give motorcyclists warning
The adage of "look twice for motorcycles" is also a helpful tip for all motorists to follow.
What can motorcyclists do to reduce the risk of an accident?
Most motorcyclists understand the risks they face on Pennsylvania roads. However, there are many helpful tips for them to protect their own safety as well. Some of these tips include:
- Inspect the motorcycle before every ride
- Always wear protective gear and cover up skin
- Review the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's manual
- Be defensive around other drivers
- Avoid riding at night
Many motorcycle dealerships around the area offer riding clinics for new and veteran motorcyclists. These clinics help motorcyclists improve and maintain their riding skills, especially after the winter months.
Sharing the road does not have to be dangerous
Practicing these tips can help drivers and motorcyclists share the road responsibly and safely. And sharing a safe road could help reduce the chance of fatalities and injuries for both motorcyclists and drivers.