Hawthorne, CA – Summer is a peak season for motorcycle enthusiasts to travel both to visit loved ones and to sightsee. EagleRider is the world’s largest motorcycle rental and tour franchise and has more than 100 locations in 17 countries. Because EagleRider takes pride in caring for each rider’s safety, the franchise is providing the following tips for motorcycle riders and car drivers who share the road, whether taking a cross-country journey or just a trip around the block.
For motorcycle riders:
1) Check yourself and your bike FIRST: Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride, and ALWAYS wear a helmet and protective clothing including gloves, boots and a jacket. Proper maintenance and protective clothing will help reduce your chance of a crash or the severity of injury if you are involved in a crash, especially with a large truck or bus.
2) Watch the blind spots and no-zones: Never hang out in a truck's blind spot or "No-Zone." Trucks have large No-Zones 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. The front blind spot is particularly dangerous if you need to stop quickly. Because of their light weight and braking system, motorcycles can stop much faster than trucks.
3) Be alert to signals, surroundings and speed: Other drivers may not see you on your motorcycle, so you must be aware of everything on the road. Be extra cautious, paying attention to the signals and brake lights of other vehicles, especially trucks. You need to be prepared in the event that their signals or lights don't work. Ride with caution and drive defensively. Never ride in between lanes in traffic or share a lane with another vehicle. Of all vehicles, motorcycles accelerate the fastest, while trucks and busses are the slowest, so carefully watch your speed around trucks, especially in bad weather or at night. Colliding with the back of a truck will end your riding days—or your days, period.
“Many people aren’t aware that more than half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve a four wheel vehicle and that most of the time, it is the car that is at fault,” said Chris McIntyre, CEO, President and Co-founder of EagleRider.
1) Check twice for traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections:
2) Don’t follow motorcyclists at close distances: Some motorcyclists slow their speed by downshifting rather than breaking. Motorists should allow at least 3 to 4 seconds following distance, and predict when a motorcyclist in front of them may slow down. When roads are wet, motorcycles can have a difficult time stopping quickly and should be allowed more space from other motorists.
3) Be aware that a motorcyclist may often change positions in a lane: Motorcycles do not respond to road hazards, such as debris and potholes in the same way as other vehicles might. A motorcycle changing position within a lane is usually doing so for a reason, either to avoid road debris, to get ready to pass a vehicle, or to minimize wind. So, a motorcycle moving within a lane does not mean that they are being reckless.
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