Motorcycle Safety on the Road
Like all bikers, Motortourer knows that when we’re on the road there’s that nagging concern about other drivers. Motorcycle safety is not just about wearing helmets, protective gear and driving smart, it’s about all the cars and trucks that we share the road with. Think of that old axiom: if a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? The irony is that even though motorcycles and their riders are visible, they’re often ignored. Distracted driving by our four wheeled brothers and sisters is a real danger – a large amount of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent car drivers. It may be that bikes are harder to see from the side or rearview mirrors of cars…but inattentive drivers are, at times, simply not paying attention.
And it’s not just our four-wheeled friends, there’s also danger on four hooves, as shown with this incredibly close call for a biker that we recently posted on our Facebook page! That’s scary! Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk when you live in the countryside. There are many dangers out there and fortunately this biker avoided collision here, but with passenger vehicles it’s not so easy. In a recent study from ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, passenger cars were the most frequent collision partner for bikes.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) works to remind drivers that motorcyclists are out there. MSF president Tim Buche says that car-bike accidents “…can be avoided by making a conscious effort to drive fully engaged and undistracted.” Yes, it’s a two–way street, but there are so many more cars and trucks on the road than motorcycles, we need to be vigilant. Drive safely and stay alert!
Image by El Caganer via Flickr.com