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.
Anticipate Hazards 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.