Driver’s Please Look Twice for Motorcyclists as Spring Temps Arrive
With warmer weather upon us, I (like many others) took the cover off of my motorcycle this past weekend, changed the oil, put a quick charge on the battery and fired the engine to life. What a great sound!
It was an awesome feeling to be able to get out and ride!
I was enjoying a few hours of sunshine and the freedom of the open road. The wind in my face as I toured a few of the back roads, highways and city streets around central Wyoming. Then, in an instant... it happened. A car turned left in front of me causing me to stand on the breaks and lock up the tires.
The driver took a quick peak as he was rolling through the stop sign. He never saw me! But fortunately, I saw him or I might not be here to write this. The driver gave me a quick wave of apology as he drove away.
I just wanted to offer a quick and friendly reminder that as the weather gets warmer, more and more motorcyclists will be taking to the roads. Please be aware and remember - Look Twice, Save A Life.
Safety Tips For Motorists
Sharing the roads with thousands of bikers requires special attention so Look Twice. Save a Life:
- Double-check traffic at intersections before you turn or pull out.
- Always check your blind spots before changing lanes.
- Treat motorcyclists with the same respect you give to other motorists.
- Leave at least a four-second distance between your car and a motorcycle in front of you. Note when a motorcycle passes a point in the road. If your vehicle passes the same point in less than four seconds, you’re following too closely.
- When passing a motorcycle, give a full lane to the motorcycle. Do not share lanes!
- Keep a watchful eye at all times. Individual motorcycles may blend into a larger group and may be closer than you think.
- Stay focused on your driving. Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone, texting, eating, or changing radio stations.
- Remember that failing to yield right-of-way can result in the death of a motorcyclist.