Cars and Motorcycles: Sharing the Road Safely

As the weather warms, motorcycle enthusiasts dig their bikes out of the corner of the garage and get them geared up for the road. Each year, an average of 4,000 to 5,000 motorcyclists die as a result of collisions with cars, trucks and SUVs, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Protect our two wheeled friends on the road by following theses safety tips:

1. Check your blind spots carefully before making that move.
Due to their size, motorcycles blend in your mirror with trees, street signs, and other standing objects. Don’t just glance at your mirrors; search them for motorcycles.

2. Beware of the conditions that decrease visibility.
It is hard enough to see a motorcyclist on a bright sunny day. Rainy weather and nighttime darkness only make the hard-to-see harder to see.

3. Maintain your lane.
While motorcycles do not take up an entire lane, that does not mean they are mandated to share it. They are just as entitled to a lane of traffic as any other vehicle. Share the road, not the lane!

4. Signal sooner.
Giving plenty of notice to the motorcycles around you of your intention to change lanes or turn only helps a strategic situation. Sudden decisions can lead to disastrous consequences.

5. Be cautious at intersections.
Most accidents between motorcycles and automotive vehicles occur at intersections. Obey all  laws. Stop completely. Look left, then right, then left one more time.

Let’s keep everyone safe on the road!!

Diane SimonDiane Simon, RN, CEN, is the Trauma Coordinator/Registrar for ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.