May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and it is the perfect chance for Kentucky drivers to learn more about sharing the road safely with motorcyclists. According to the National Health Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are much more likely to die in an accident than those in other vehicles. Even with the correct gear and safety precautions, motorcyclists are at an increased risk every time they are on the road.
Drivers can do several things to help keep the fatality risk low for motorcycle riders. Both parties share the responsibility in keeping the road safe. The United States Department of Transportation gives some helpful tips to try for drivers including the following:
- Allow enough space and time for the motorcyclist to become clear of the roadway when turning left.
- Always check the blind spots twice when exiting or entering a roadway or changing lanes. Even though this is not a legal requirement, it can save lives.
- Give the motorcyclist enough space to brake if something comes up suddenly. Remember that as the motorcycle decelerates, it may take a few seconds for the brake lights to come on.
- Be aware of the surroundings, never rush when crossing an intersection and take enough time to check for motorcyclists.
The worst-case scenario is all too common, and motorcyclists often lose their lives because of mistakes other drivers make. Even if the crash is not fatal, the rider may suffer long-term injuries. As the weather warms and the roads get busier, May is an ideal time for both vehicle drivers and motorcyclists to commit to better safety practices and procedures on the road.