Because of its small size a
motorcycle seems to be moving faster than it really is. When
checking traffic to turn at an intersection, assume a motorcycle
is closer than it looks.
Motorcyclists often adjust
position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize
the effects of wind, road debris, and passing vehicles.
Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a
purpose, not to be reckless or show off.
Kentucky has over 27,000 miles of
beautiful scenic roads, and cars and motorcycles alike must always be
on the lookout for each other. Motorcycle riding is becoming more
popular, and because of the increase in riders motorcycle accidents
are on the rise. Due to this, the governor commissioned a Motorcycle
Awareness campaign, “Look Twice, Save A Life.”
We want to make sure
motorists across our great state are looking twice for motorcyclists
and saving lives during our prime riding seasons.
Did you know that there are
over 94,000 motorcyclists on Kentucky roads? It’s a proven fact that
motorists are used to looking for other cars, but not for
motorcycles. Motorcycles are only a third of the size of cars, making
them just plain harder to see. And on top of that, it’s difficult to
judge a motorcycle's speed and distance accurately. If we can
increase motorist recognition, then we can decrease the number of
accidents. So the next time you see a motorcycle, take a few seconds
to think about the following simple rules and we can make our roads
safer for everyone!
Be Alert for
Motorcycles – Actively look for motorcycles while you are
driving. Heavy traffic or hidden intersections could reduce your
ability to see a motorcycle. Remember they are much smaller than a
car, so you must be aware of your surroundings constantly.
for Motorcycles - Keep in mind the motorcyclist's point of
view. Be prepared to react to poor road conditions, such as debris or
oil slicks, railroad tracks or raised manhole covers.
Always Look Twice
for Motorcycles - Motorists need to be especially alert at
intersections and when making a left-hand turn. This is where most
accidents occur, so be sure to look both ways for motorcycles.
Share the Road
– Remember that motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane, in order to
maneuver and avoid road hazards. Give the motorcyclist respect by
keeping a safe distance. Sharing the road will save lives.