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Motorcycle safety and summer: 4 ways to share the road

When the weather warms up, so do the engines on many motorcycles around Central Ohio. Motorcycle safety is even more important in the summer months when there are more and more bikes on our roadways.

Sharing the road with motorcycles isn’t really all that difficult. There are things we can all do to be more courteous and safe on the drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclist deaths happen 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 data.

So how can you promote motorcycle safety this summer? Read on for four ways to share the road:

Avoid distractions

This is a best-practice safety tip for whenever you are behind the wheel, but it can also help when you are talking about motorcycle safety as well. Distracted driving in a car can make you less likely to notice when a motorcycle is nearby. Put down the phone and keep your eyes – and ears – open.

Weather

When bad weather hits, it is more important than ever to be on the lookout for motorcyclists. Getting stuck in the rain is a nightmare for motorcyclists and it is sometimes unavoidable. Keep an extra eye out if a sudden storm pops up; likely the person on the motorcycle is not happy about the situation and just wants to get home as safely as possible.

Helmets

This motorcycle safety tip is for motorcycle riders. Always wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation – and that fits properly. While you are at it, wear safety gear as well, like jackets, pants, boots and gloves.

Be alert for motorcycle safety

Both motorists and motorcycle riders should take this motorcycle safety tip to heart: Be alert! Obey the speed limit, look around you and follow all traffic laws. A little courtesy goes a long way.

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