Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Keep an Eye Out for Motorcycles

Did you know that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month? This is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.

 A recent NHTSA report stated that motorcycles made up nearly 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2007 and accounted for only 0.4% of all vehicle miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 9 times more likely to be injured. This same report also found that motorcycles that were involved in 2 vehicle crashes were hit 77% of the time in the front while only 7% were struck from the rear. This number shows that most cars are in front of the motorcycle perhaps making a lane change or entering the roadway in front of the motorcycle.
So what can you do as a driver to avoid a crash with a motorcycle?
  • Before making a lane change look over your shoulder and check your blind spot.
  • If you are riding next a larger vehicle make an effort to move out of the blind spot making it easier for drivers to see you.
  • Look twice to be sure you didn’t miss that bike on your first glance.
As a motorcycle driver these tips can help you avoid a crash:
  • Be aware of driveways and side streets and be alert when cars are entering the roadway.
  • If you are riding next to a larger vehicle make an effort to move out of the blind spot making you easy for drivers to see.
  • Always ride with your headlight on for increased visibility. 
Evergreen Safety Council offers Motorcycle, Sidecar/Trike and Scooter Safety Training for all skill levels in 8 locations throughout King County.  For a full schedule or to register for a safety training class visit our website or contact our office 206-382-4090.

Article courtesy of ACTSOregon MAY edition of Traffic Safety Connection (pdf).


  1. I always keep an eye out for motorcycles when driving. You always have to pay attention when making lane changes, especially during traffic because motorcycles are going fast when everyone else is slowed down.

  2. Thanks for keeping your eyes open and focused on your surroundings. That is a good safe driving tip no matter what the circumstances.


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