–Carol MacDougall Franche
During the entire month of May, motorcyclists around our area will be promoting National Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month. I would like to use this time to educate everyone that uses the highways, city and rural roads in our area.
I am a member of Leather & Lace MC, an international women’s motorcycle club established in 1983. One of our top priorities is to support motorcycle safety in our community. Below are some simple, easy awareness tips that I would like to share.
Don’t just glance … take a second look!
Why Didn’t I See That Motorcycle?
Because of its smaller profile, a motorcycle is harder to see and you may find it more difficult to estimate the motorcycles speed.
When Accidents Are Most Likely To Occur?
- You are attempting a left turn in front of a motorcycle operator.
- You may fail to adequately check blind spots before changing lanes or making turns.
- Large vehicles may block a motorcycle from your view.
How Can I Become More Aware of Motorcyclists?
- Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
- Be aware of single headlights. Not all vehicles have two headlights.
- Obstructions that you do not notice may be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive actions.
- Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely. It’s very easy, due to their size, to follow too closely. Use the 2 second rule.
So from all of us at Leather & Lace MC, we ask that you DON’T JUST GLANCE… TAKE A SECOND LOOK!
Carol MacDougall Franche
Leather & Lace MC