Laws and Guidelines for Safety
Motorcycle riders are at risk for severe injury and death when involved in accidents. Unlike a car or truck, a motorcycle offers little in the way of protection. There is no structure to buffer against an impact, nor is there seat belt to keep riders from flying through the air.
Why should other motorists look twice?
According to Health.ny.gov, a motorist who looks twice can save a life. The reason is that motorcycles are not as visible as cars and trucks. They can vanish in blind spots or seem hidden when behind another vehicle, signs, fences, bushes or trees.
How does increasing distance increase safety?
The farther you are behind a motorcycle, the more room you allow for when they slow down. Often you may not see their brake lights and realize they are breaking. During inclement weather or when road conditions are hazardous, it may be more difficult to stop.
What factors are different about motorcycles that you should be aware of?
Motorcycle riders often change lane positions to avoid bad road conditions or improve their visibility. When you prepare to make a turn, an approaching motorcycle is closer than it appears. Their smaller size makes it more difficult to judge their distance from you. Once a motorcyclist activates a turn signal, if they decide not to turn, the signal doesn’t self-cancel the way it will in a car or truck when you turn the wheel.
What should you know about teen motorcycle riders?
Teenagers can get a learner’s permit to ride a motorcycle when they are 16. However, drivers with a valid motorcycle license must supervise the teenager. In addition, when supervising, the driver must be within sight and no more than a quarter of a mile from the learner. Driving a motorcycle requires greater coordination, alertness and agility than driving a car. The skill factor combined with lack of driving experience make riding motorcycles more dangerous for teenagers than adults.
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