Celebrating Harley Davidson’s 110th: Motorcycle Safety for Riders and Drivers
With the Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary upon us, this is a great time to think about how to stay safe on the roads. Here’s a few tips to keep everyone safe.
Drivers – Share the road & be on the lookout!
Because motorcycles take up less room on the road, it can be tempting to ‘borrow’ a little bit from their lane. Don’t do it. Motorcycles are entitled to their full lane and have all the same rights as a regular automobile.
Given their smaller size, it can be hard to judge a motorcycle’s speed or distance, so don’t assume you can ‘beat’ them. Take your time and yield the right of way when it’s their turn.
Check your blind spot! Motorcycles can fit neatly into your blind spot so take the time to check your mirrors and check your blind spot before changing lanes. Don’t assume you’d see someone approach – check every time.
Riders – Be safe & be aware!
Don’t assume drivers see you. Even if you’re right next to them, many drivers fail to check their blind spots before moving. Be on the defensive and assume they don’t see you.
Driving between lanes of traffic is not allowed in Wisconsin. It may slow you down a little, but take the time to enjoy the great state of Wisconsin in your own lane.
Alcohol and motorcycles don’t mix. Alcohol affects the essential skills you use when riding – balance & coordination. 42% of motorcyclists who died in single-cycle crashes were legally intoxicated. So enjoy Wisconsin’s great beers in moderation, or leave the riding to someone else if imbibing.
So welcome Harley enthusiasts! We’re happy you’re here and hoping you have an enjoyable and safe time here in Wisconsin.
With thanks to NHTSA and TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.