Drive Aware, Motorcyclists are Everywhere
Summer brings nice weather, longer days and more travelers on Montana roadways including motorcyclists. Most of the motorcyclist fatalities and serious injury crashes occur during the months of May through September. Look before you pull out or make a left turn and give these fellow travelers extra room to help them make their way safely along our roads.
These tips can help avoid crashes with motorcycles:
Drivers: Give full attention to driving and avoid distractions. Allow motorcyclists the full lane width – never try to share a lane. Allow more following distance behind motorcyclists, giving them time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Check mirrors and blind spots at intersections and before entering or exiting a lane of traffic. Always signal your intent to change lanes or when merging with traffic.
Motorcycle riders: Wear a DOT compliant helmet. Be highly visible; wear bright colors or reflective gear and the headlight. Strategically use your lane to see and be seen. Stay alert and slow down when approaching left turns or intersections in anticipation of other driver’s actions. Use turn signals in advance or changing lanes or making a turn. Observe speed limits.
We can all do our part by staying focused on driving and never driving impaired. Prevention of motorcycle crashes is critical to reaching Vision Zero, zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roads.