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FHP Supports Motorcycle Safety Awareness
To kick off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month 2006, K-Mc Sports sponsored a breakfast in Tallahassee to show their appreciation for the efforts of Law Enforcement in support of motorcycle safety in Florida. Each year,
May is designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. FHP supports safety efforts conducted all across Florida involving motorcycle organizations and law enforcement agencies that promote safe driving practices among motorcyclists and motorists. It is important that all motorists learn to share the road with motorcyclists.
Over two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. In many cases, the motorists involved either do not see the oncoming motorcycle at all or do not see the motorcycle in time to avoid a crash. It is important for motorists to know that their actions affect the safety of motorcyclists.
A motorist and a motorcyclist may take different actions for the same driving or highway situation. For example, a motorist may ignore a piece of road debris; however, that same piece of road debris may be deadly for a motorcyclist. It is important that both motorcyclists and other motorists pay attention and practice safe driving on our roadways at all times.
As a motorcyclist there are some steps to become more aware of motorists.
WATCH THE NO-ZONES
Big trucks have blindspots – and to stay safe, you need to avoid them. The No-Zones are on both sides, the front, and behind the truck. Truck drivers cannot see you when you ride in these blind spots, which allows for a greater chance of a crash. If you can’t see the truck mirrors, the driver can’t see you.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
Beware of helmets that do not meet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. Check for the DOT label inside your helmet. Helmets are the most important piece of equipment you can wear when riding your motorcycle. A helmet could be your only source of protection in a serious crash.
DRIVE TO SURVIVE
Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road. They provide virtually no protection in a crash. Other drivers may not see you, so you must be aware of everything on the road. Ride with caution and drive defensively. Never ride in between lanes in traffic or share a lane with another vehicle.
WATCH YOUR SPEED
Of all vehicles, motorcycles accelerate the fastest, while trucks and buses are the slowest. Watch your speed, especially in bad weather or at night
CHECK YOURSELF AND YOUR BIKE
Proper maintenance and protective clothing will help reduce your chance of an crash or the severity of injury if you are involved in a crash.
As a motorist or a passenger, there are some steps to become more aware of motorcyclists.
RESPECT THE MOTORCYCLIST
Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway. Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
Look for the motorcyclist on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Clearly signal your intentions.
ANTICIPATE A MOTORCYCLIST’S MANEUVER
Obstructions (debris, potholes, etc.) that you may ignore or not notice while driving a vehicle can be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive actions.
ALLOW PLENTY OF SPACE
Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.
For information about Florida’s Rider Trainer Program, please visit the following website: http://motorcycles.hsmv.state.fl.us.
Other useful websites for safety tips and information: