|"Be on the lookout for motorcyclists"|
Indiana, PA (June 26) – People ride motorcycles for a variety of different reasons. Some ride for pleasure, others ride for economic purposes. No matter what the reason is, PennDOT asks that before hopping on your motorcycle, you stop and think about how you can make your travels safer.
Unfortunately during the spring and summer months, many motorcycle crashes occur. In 2005 in Pennsylvania, motorcycle crashes claimed the lives of 205 people. In most collisions with motorcycles, the automobile drivers often say they never saw the motorcycle.
Operating a motorcycle requires special skills, experience and knowledge. Riders should take every precaution when traveling on roadways shared by automobiles. Always expect the unexpected, and be ready to use defensive driving to avoid crashes.
PennDOT offers these safe driving tips for motorcyclists:
- Pre-check your motorcycle for any safety defects
- Know your motorcycle
- Ride within your abilities
- Keep your distance from other motorists
- Scan both ways at intersections
- See and be seen
- Use your headlight
- Wear bright clothing
- Take a motorcycle safety course
- Know the laws
- Obey all speed limits
- Watch for changing weather conditions
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians and animals
- Be rested for each ride
- Never use alcohol or drugs
Tips for motorists:
- Always be on the lookout for motorcycles
- Keep your distance
- Allow extra space between vehicles
- Learn to share the highway
- At intersections, look left, right and then left again before pulling out
- Make safety your top priority
- Be aware that motorcyclists ride in all types of weather
- Always concentrate on driving safely
The summer season provides many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Make safety your top priority and enjoy a great Pennsylvania summer season.