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Preventing Motorcycle Accidents – Part 2

July 12, 2012

Here are some of the tips for vehicle drivers, offered by The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, to help prevent motorcycle accidents:

For Drivers:

  • Watch for Motorcyclists – Motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles and often harder to see. In 41 percent of the fatal accidents reported in 2008, a vehicle made a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Focus on Driving – Motorcyclists are easy to miss even when you are paying attention. Studies show that distracted drivers simply don’t see certain objects like signs, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Hang up the cell phone or mobile device.
  • Give Motorcyclists Enough Room – Maintain a safe distance between your car and a motorcycle and don’t change lanes too close. What would be a minor fender bender between two cars could easily be fatal to a motorcyclist.
  • Use Your Turn Signals – For everyone’s safety, use your turn signals. It is also the law.
  • Keep Trash in the Car – Road debris can kill a rider. And don’t throw cigarette butts out of your car either.
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