The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration devoted the month of May to Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Month. The administration is encouraging all motorists to "share the
road" with each other. Incorporating safe driving techniques helps reduce
fatalities and injuries resulting from crashes and accidents.
Over the past few years,
the increase in motorcycle safety awareness resulted in a 14 percent decrease
in motorcycle-related fatalities in 2013. Not only does safe driving decrease
traffic incidents, it can also reduce insurance rates. Some companies provide
qualifying safe drivers with discounts on their premiums.
Here are five motorcycle
1. Stay focused
Motorcyclists should never ride while distracted. This includes using a cell
phone, not paying attention to the road or talking to pedestrians or other
2. Know your rights
Don't let other vehicles bully you on the road, since motorcyclists have the
same rights, privileges and responsibilities as all other motorists on the
road. Conversely, in most states, motorcyclists do not have any special
3. Wear a helmet
This is the one of the most crucial components of riding a motorcycle.
According to the NHTSA, an estimated 1,630 motorcyclists were saved by their
helmets during accidents.
4. Check your signals
Many motorcycles do not have self-canceling turn signals, which means your
signal will continue to flash after you've made your turn. If this is the case
for your motorcycle, be sure to manually turn the signal off after a turn so as
not to confuse other motorists.
5. Avoid blind spots
Since motorcycles are smaller than normal vehicles, it's easy to get lost in a
blind spot. Although it's difficult to determine whether you're riding in
another driver's blind spot, by avoiding the back corners of cars you can keep