Finally, warmer weather is here, which means we’ll be taking in the sunshine and views while we ride. Did you know, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month? Check out these awesome tips!
May is a month where typically more motorcyclists get on their bikes and ride, mostly due to better weather. Unfortunately, drivers aren't used to seeing motorcycles on the roads, which can be dangerous. So, there are things we can do to ensure our safety, check them out.
What is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?
The Ontario Road Riders Association teamed up with various law enforcement and safety organizations in Canada to declare May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. May brings warmer weather and therefore more motorcyclists on the road. With more fatalities on the rise, there was a need to bring attention to the importance of being aware of motorcyclists.
6 Tips for Motorcyclists:
- Always wear all your protective gear, especially your helmet and gloves.
- Make sure you are always sober when you ride!
- Always follow the speed limits and drive according to weather conditions or your ability.
- If you are planning a solo motorcycle trip, be sure to let family and friends know your route – and be sure to check in with them.
- If it has been a while since your last motorcycle safety course, now might be a good time to re-take it and brush up on critical safety techniques - there is even an online course is available!
- If you do have to pull over, ensure you know how to conduct a roadside stop properly and safely.
5 Tips for Drivers:
- Always signal before merging into traffic or changing lanes
- Ensure you make visual checks for motorcycles by checking blind spots and mirrors.
- Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width and never try to share a lane with them.
- Never tailgate - allow more following distance when following a motorcycle so the rider has enough time to stop in an emergency.
- Often motorcycle signals are not self-cancelling and riders can forget to turn them off. Be certain that they motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.