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Safety Tips

Double Check

The following article is reprinted from GWRRA Motorist Awareness Division.

Space Cushioning

"Motorcyclists, who have significant room to maneuver while riding within a traffic lane, can use this margin to position themselves for maximum visibility to other motorists with safety and control of the situation." (NAMS, 2001)

Why Double Check?
  • About 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle.
  • Two-thirds of these accidents were caused by the motorist failing to yield the right of way.
  • The most common reason given by the motorist is, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
Why don't motorists see Motorcyclists?
  • Motorists, for the most part, are unfamiliar with motorcycles.
  • Motorists tend to look for and see the familiar - other motorists.
  • Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles; therefore, judging speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle is more difficult.
Where Are Accidents most likely to occur?
  • LEFT TURNS - Over 40% of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
  • VEHICLE BLIND SPOT - Motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicles blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their size.

EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK TWICE - SAVE A LIFE

WHAT CAN A MOTORIST DO?
  • Expect to see motorcyclists.  Look twice!
  • Try to anticipate a motorcyclist's movements - be especially cautious at intersections and during lane changes.  "Take a second - Double check!"
  • Allow more space between your vehicle an a motorcyclist than you would for another vehicle.  "Ride aware!"
  • Be courteous - signal your intentions well in advance.

Remember - "How many motorcyclists have you seen today?  LOOK TWICE"

Submitted by Fred Rattan.

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