During the warm months of Summer in San Antonio,
People may want to take their motorcycle out for a spin. Staying aware of motorcycles on the road is important for keeping everyone safe during these months when there could be more traffic.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2020 nearly 500 motorcyclists were involved in fatal car accidents and nearly 2,000 were injured.
Wear a Helmet
According to the TxDOT, those under 21 must wear a helmet but it is strongly recommended for all ages. It’s also recommended to wear anything that will protect motorcycle drivers on the road for their safety. Other protective gear to consider should be a face shield, a jacket, and boots.
Leave Room Between You and Other Vehicles
According to the TxDOT, leaving room between vehicles and motorcycles is necessary because motorcycles don’t have any lights on them so it can be confusing to drivers and may not allow them enough time to turn or brake. This could also be important because often drivers of cars can’t see motorcycles when merging onto a highway or turning into an intersection.
Driving a Motorcycle at Night
Riding a motorcycle at night can be dangerous due to motorcycles not being as visible. Keep an eye out for the headlights of the car ahead so those riding a motorcycle can track how far apart they are from the surrounding cars.
Pay Attention at Intersections
According to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), intersections are the most dangerous for motorcycles and motorcycles riding in groups. Look both ways and drive slightly slower to go through the intersection. Drive in a part of the lane away from oil and debris and where other drivers can see you.
Use Hand Signals
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), several crashes were because drivers didn’t see the motorcycles. Using hand signals for drivers of motorcycles refers back to the idea that motorcycles don’t have lights so hand signals are needed to alert drivers of the motorcycle’s next move. Leaving room for the motorcycles will allow drivers of a car to be able to see the hand signals from various places.
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