Tomorrow is the start of May (wow, this year is just flying by!) and also the start of Motorcycle Awareness Month.
We all want to shake off the cabin-fever (particularly from this rather harsh winter) and are ready to get out on the roads.
But whether you're driving a scooter, motorcycle or car, take a few precautions so everyone stays safe on more crowded roadways.
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada is a national organization that advocates for the promotion of motorcycling interests. They are co-hosting, with various regional motorcycle clubs and councils, a number of events across Canada. Check your provincial association for local events!
In the meantime, the MCC offers tips for both Motorists and Motorcyclists on how to share the road safely:
Tips for Motorists
- Keep a safe distance when following a motorcycle - at least 2 seconds.
- Motorcycles use a full lane - treat them like other vehicles.
- Check your mirrors and blind spots frequently, especially before changing lanes - a motorcycle is large enough to be entirely hidden within your blind spot.
- Pay special attention at intersections, where almost 50% of motorcycle collisions occur.
- Watch for off road motorcycles in rural areas.
Tips for Motorcyclists
- Keep a safe distance around you and maintain proper lane position.
- Check your mirrors and blind spots frequently - be alert for all other traffic particularly at intersections.
- Be seen! Wear bright colours and reflective clothing, and ride with your lights on.
- Be safe! Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and protective gear when riding.
- Ride at your own comfort level, be aware of wildlife and road conditions.
Coincidentally (or not), May 12-18 is National Road Safety week, sponsored by the Canada Safety Council. Over the last three years, fatalities of "in vehicle" occupants involved in an accident has steadily declined; however, the reduction in fatalities of "vulnerable road users" (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) has not fallen at the same rate. The CSC is looking for Canadians to "Be a Road Hero" and drive in a way that saves lives. You can find materials about driving like a road hero on their website.
Are you a motorcyclist? How do you make sure you stay safe on the road? Share your thoughts in the comments!
- Rose R.