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Safe Carroll: Precautions and tips for motorcyclists on the road

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.

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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.

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· 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.

· Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover the ankles.

· Gloves protect the hands and provides a better grip.

· Wearing bright clothing with reflective material can also help to make yourself more visible to other drivers on the road.

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Ride responsibly

· Obey all traffic laws such as traffic lights, signs, speed limits, and lane markings.

· Use turn signals before changing lanes and leave plenty of room between your motorcycle and the car in front of you.

· 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.

For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety.

Mackenzie Miller, who attends Towson University, is an intern with the Carroll County Health Department.

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