Motorcyclists in Florida get to enjoy riding almost every day of the year due to the wonderful weather and climate here; however, just because motorcycles can be found on the road year round in the Sunshine State doesn’t mean that other drivers remember they could be sharing the road with a small motorcycle.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen all too often because drivers of passenger cars and trucks fail to look out for motorcycles, fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes, and fail to treat motorcycles as legal vehicles that have a right to be on the road. For these reasons, the motoring public need to be reminded of how to drive safely around motorcyclists on this day, October 10, 2015, National Motorcycle Ride Day, and on every day throughout the year.
Although Motorcycle Ride Day is a day for motorcyclists to come together with other like-minded people and celebrate owning motorcycles with a group ride, it is also a day to remind all drivers about driving safely around motorcycles. When motorcyclists ride in a group, it can sometimes be easier for drivers to see their bikes and yield to them; however, this isn’t always the case. But when motorcyclists are cruising down the road alone, drivers of other cars tend to overlook them.
On Motorcycle Ride Day, all motorists should be reminded of how to drive safely to reduce motorcycle accidents. Some driving tips include:
- Be alert for motorcycles, especially when merging, changing lanes, or making turns.
- Always use your turn signals to indicate a lane change, even if you think the road is clear.
- Always turn your head to check your blind spots before changing lanes because motorcycles are small and easy to miss in the side mirror.
- When attempting to make a left-hand turn in front of an approaching motorcycle, remember to wait until the motorcycle passes because it can be hard to determine how far away it is and how fast it is coming due to its small size.
- Pay attention to the road at all times and avoid anything that distracts you and takes your mind off of driving.
By following these tips, you will minimize your chances of being involved in a car and motorcycle accident and help keep vulnerable motorcyclists as safe as possible on our roads. Please share this blog on your favorite social media site to help us remind all drivers about driving safely around motorcycles.