Every year, millions of motorcyclists take to the highways to enjoy the open road.
But while the thrill of cruising on two wheels has a definite appeal, it also has a potential downside: safety. The truth is that motorcycle riders face far greater safety risks than drivers of cars and trucks. In fact, federal government estimates show that the number of deaths per mile traveled on motorcycles in 2019 was nearly 29 times the number of deaths in cars.
Why so loud? Part of this risk can be attributed to the lack of protection motorcycles provide, especially compared to an enclosed vehicle. But it̵7;s also clear that other drivers also play a role.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. And for the most part, the car or truck driver – not the motorcyclist! – is wrong.
Always be aware
So what can you do? As drivers of cars and trucks, it is our job to be aware of motorcyclists. So here are four things to remember as we part ways:
- Be aware of motorcyclists during warmer months. The warmer the weather, the more likely you’ll be riding alongside riders. Awareness can help you react more quickly to your surroundings.
- Check your blind spots. Twice. Remember that motorcycles are much smaller than the car you are driving, so they are not always easy to spot. Checking your blind spots before turning or changing lanes will help keep motorcyclists safe. In fact, when Erie Insurance surveyed riders on their biggest pet peeve, the number one pet peeve was drivers who don’t check their blind spots before changing lanes.
- Don’t get too close. Always keep a longer safety distance when following a motorcycle. Motorcycles can come to a stop much faster than your car, and sometimes they slow down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle – so you might not see their brake lights. Make sure you leave enough distance to stop safely and avoid a possible collision. (Guess what? In our survey, riders listed “tailgate drivers” as a pet peeve, too.)
- Stay in your lane. Motorcycles are allowed full use of a lane. You should always give riders as much space as possible. Never swerve to share a lane with them.
Whether you’re cruising on two or four wheels… you need the right insurance to protect your ride. Contact us today to request a free motorcycle insurance quote.
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