The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently participating in Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the Month of May, officials with the NHTSA will be working to raise awareness about the dangers facing motorcycle riders on U.S. roadways. This year, they’re working on three major campaigns. First, they’re focusing on improving motorist awareness of motorcycles. Second, they’re hoping to improve rider safety through education, and finally, they’re reminding all motorists and motorcycle riders to Share the Road.
Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles
Since motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, motorists aren’t always aware of them on the roadways. They may not be checking their blind spots or looking twice for smaller vehicles like motorcycles. The NHTSA is focusing on helping motorists understand standard motorcycle riding behaviors. Additionally, they are educating motorists on how to drive safely around motorcycles.
Improving Rider Safety
Another important part of motorcycle roadway safety is directly improving rider safety. These efforts are focused on how motorcyclists can increase their own personal safety. The NHTSA will be raising awareness about the importance of helmets and other safety gear, as well as safe riding practices.
Share the Road
Above all, motorcyclists and other drivers are being reminded to Share the Road. In addition to promoting motorcyclist awareness, Sharing the Road is also about being a good driver or rider. Sharing the Road is for all roadway users, no matter what type of vehicle they ride or drive.
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Motorcyclists are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. Motorists are reminded to always look twice, check their blind spots and safely share the roads with motorcycle riders and all other roadway users. Motorcyclists and motorists alike are reminded to always pay attention to their surroundings. Nobody should ever be driving or riding distracted.
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