Safe Carroll: Precautions and tips for motorcyclists on the road
By Mackenzie Miller
Carroll County Times|
May 09, 2020 at 5:15 AM
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website (nhtsa.gov), there were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2018.
Motorcyclists make up a small percentage of vehicles on the road but are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than a passenger riding in a car. It is especially important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings while driving in order to keep yourself and motorcyclists safe on the road.
For motorcyclists on the road, the it is important to keep mind the following guidelines.
Wear the proper protection
· Choosing the right helmet is important in keeping your brain safe in the event of a crash.
· Arms and legs should be completely covered when riding a motorcycle, ideally wearing leather or denim. This helps to provide protection and prevent dehydration in a crash.
· Ride defensively! The majority of all motorcycle crashes are caused due to vehicles not seeing the motorcyclists.
· Ride sober or get pulled over.
Safe riding from all motorists will help decrease the number of fatalities and injuries on the roads. Keeping in mind a motorcyclist’s size and visibility, and raising awareness for motorcycle safety will make sharing the road safer for all drivers.