It’s finally warming up, the days are longer, and you probably notice a lot more motorcycles out on the roads. If you’re in car or truck and in a rush, it’s easy to get annoyed with having to “watch out” for a motorcycle rider. But if you consider it, the reason you’re looking out closer is because of the safety of the rider, who if hit, has a much higher chance of fatality than people in standard vehicles. That’s why it’s important to keep this in perspective and share the road. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month for that reason. Read on for some tips for motorists and motorcycle riders alike. Because in 2014 there were 4,586 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, accounting for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. We feel strongly that it’s time for all of us to do our part to actively lower this number and save lives.
Tips for Motorists
*Allow a motorcycle rider a full lane width. There may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane, but looks can be deceiving. This gives them more room to maneuver safely.
*Pause and give yourself time to look around turns that may be obstructed and consistently scan for all roadway users. Make sure that you’re aware of all the space around your vehicle at all times.
*Motorcycles are obviously smaller than your car and their size can cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance, so continue to check your mirrors when you’re driving for your blind spot.
*Always signal when you change lanes. This helps a motorcyclist know how to plan his or her next movement.
*Give more following distance than you do a car–three or four seconds is best. Sometimes riders have to make quick decisions to avoid potholes or other hazards such as railroad crossings, grooved pavement etc. Giving them more space keeps them safe.
*Don’t look at your phone while you’re driving, even if it seems there is no one around. Your biggest regret could be looking up to realize you don’t have enough reaction time to avoid a tragedy. Truly….nothing is that important.
Tips for Motorcycle Riders
*Use defensive driving techniques. Be aware of your surroundings and always expect the worst. Don’t assume other drivers will yield to you.
*Practice your braking and cornering skills. 50% of motorcycle/vehicle collisions occur in intersections. Know how much space you need to break quickly.
*Pick a motorcycle that’s a good fit. Make sure you purchase one that you can drive safely. You have to be able to pick it up if it falls over. If you can’t, you need to do some hard thinking about the functionality of your bike.
*Be considerate. Weaving in and out of traffic and riding on shoulders is rude. Don’t needlessly aggravate other drivers and cause them to react negatively, which puts everyone at risk.
*Be aware of your speaker volume. If your music is too loud, it can cocoon you in your attention to others. You need all your senses when you’re riding.
*Never ride impaired. It’s just not worth it.
*Wear a helmet and insist that your passengers do as well. In 2014, 53% of fatally injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing a helmet as well as 41% of fatally injured riders.
If we’re all vigilant, there’s no reason why we can’t all get along out on the road! Be aware and respectful of others and have the self-discipline to pay attention to what you’re doing while you’re driving.
Remember also to keep your bike in top condition so that when you’re riding it, you’re not at risk because of mechanical or maintenance issues. If you’re in doubt, make sure to come see us at Crumpler’s Custom Cycle. It’s worth it to have the peace-of-mind and know that you’re taken care of by people who know your bike and care about your safety.
We also want to remind you that we are now in the business of repairing, servicing, customizing, and getting parts for golf carts! We are excited about offering this, because we know many of you have golf carts already or plan to get one. Make sure it’s running efficiently and customized to your wants and needs!
If you’re ready for your own custom bike….
We have one ready to go! Richie has decided to sell his custom motorcycle. Though we hate to see it go, we are proud of the handiwork of our shop that went into this great bike. Call (910) 483-9607 for more details.
Be Safe and Call Us if You Need Us
We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Now, let’s have the best spring and summer we can as we SHARE THE ROAD!