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May 09, 2013May is Motorcycle Awareness Month!
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Washington and across the country. During this month, drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
Most of the talking points for Safety Awareness Month are directed towards non-riders and how they can help keep motorcyclists safer by sharing lanes, checking mirrors and blind spots, always using signals, and keeping a greater following distance. But it is important for motorcyclists to take full accountability for riding safely too. We at Eagle Leather love riding and all the freedom and excitement that comes with it. But we are also conscientious when it comes to spreading the importance of safe riding.
Take a look at these troubling statistics from 2011:
Motorcyclists can increase their levels of safety by:
For more useful tips like the ones above, check out Mike’s Safety Tip each week in the Eagle Leather Newsletter.
safe riding and cooperation between all road users will help to reduce
the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. We’re
glad that Motorcycle Awareness Month exists to educate drivers about
motorcycles on the road, but remember that you are responsible for your
safety as well!
What do you think? Does Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month really make non-riders pay more attention to motorcyclists? We want to hear what you think on the Eagle Leather Facebook Page!