05 Oct Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycles equal freedom. Many people desperately want to be on two wheels with their hair whipping out of their helmet cruising down a winding road. The backroads along the byways of Rapides and Avoyelles Parish might come to mind. However, nobody wants to be on the side of the road, motorcycle destroyed and body damaged. It’s no secret that motorcycles can be very dangerous. More motorcycles are being registered in Louisiana, which also lends to a higher increase in accidents.
To increase safety, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) offers the Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operator Training Program to get beginner and returning motorcyclists ready for the road. According to the LSP website “Course graduates are exempt from taking the riding and written tests when applying for a motorcycle endorsement.”
Tips for Motorcyclists
Whether you’re a brand new rider or you’ve been riding around Louisiana on a motorcycle for many years, in order to be safe on the road, any driver of a vehicle with two or more wheels should take note of these safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Drive defensively and safely. You have a smaller vehicle that might allow you to get into smaller spaces, but this also increases the rate of danger.
- Ensure that your motorcycle is fit for the road. Do regular checks on tires, signals, gas leaks, brakes, and other parts of the vehicle.
- Always drive sober!
Tips for other drivers
However, we all share the road and there are also tips that drivers of other vehicles can remember to avoid creating motorcycle accidents. In order to ensure that all drivers are safe, please remember these tips when driving a four-wheeled vehicle keeping in mind about two-wheeled vehicles:
- Keep a farther distance away when following motorcycles.
- Forty-four percent of motorcycle accidents take place when turning, so look and double-check when you turn your vehicle for motorcycles.
- Check blind spots often. Smaller vehicles make the blind spots so much larger and more dangerous.
Finally, just be kind and thoughtful to all drivers, but particularly with the drivers of motorcycles, scooters, and any vehicles that drive on fewer than four wheels. And if something happens and you end up in an accident – feel free to call me and I’ll be glad to talk to you about it.