May is Motorcycle Safety Month!

May 15, 2017

Warmer spring weather here in Bristol and Warren, Rhode Island means an increasing number of motorcycle riders will be out on our roads as the days get nicer. Motorcycle riders can be difficult to see on busy roads because of their smaller size and profile. Motorists should take an extra moment to look twice. A second look can save a motorcyclist’s life.

May is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to bring attention to motorcycle safety. Cities across the country are pitching in to educate both riders and drivers about motorcycle safety and awareness. This month, here at John Andrade Insurance Agency, Inc. we are committed to spreading even more awareness and reminding everyone on the road of their responsibilities to take care of motorcyclists with preventative action. We’ve broken down the most important safety tips you can put into practice every time you’re on the road.

Motorcycles made up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2015, but motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than private passenger occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and five times more likely to be injured, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency observes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May and offers safety tips for motorcyclists and drivers.

The National Safety Council also provides safety information and tips for motorists and motorcyclists. Consumer Reports is another great resource to link to for safety tips.

Safety is important and often life-saving for a motorcyclist, and all drivers who share the roads with them can help by remaining alert.

Motorcyclists who take preventive measures can avoid accidents or serious injuries by:

  • wearing a helmet and reflective clothing
  • maintaining a safe speed
  • not riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • not tailgating or weaving in and out of traffic
  • avoiding riding in inclement weather
  • avoiding cell phone use while driving

Motorcycle safety is a two-way street, and we hope these important reminders will equip you to carry National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month into every other month of the year. Ride safe! We’re with you on the road…you never ride alone!