Safe motorcycling on Pennsylvania roads

When you have a motorcycle, staying safe on Pennsylvania roads should be one of your top priorities. In 2015, over 3,400 motorcycles were involved in accidents on state roads, with nearly 180 people dying due to those crashes. You don’t want to be a statistic, and you can reduce your risk with some simple tips to help increase your safety. If you driver another type of vehicle, there are also ways you can help protect them from harm by being aware and knowing what to do in specific situations.

If You Ride a Motorcycle

Taking care to protect yourself is important when you’re riding your motorcycle. To lower your risk of harm, consider:

  • Wearing clothing that is reflective and bright, so that you can be seen easily by other motorists.
  • Wearing a helmet that is DOT approved, along with good eye protection, at all times.
  • Staying sober, obeying speed limits and all traffic laws, and keeping a safe following distance.
  • Conducting a pre-ride check of your bike every time, and feeling comfortable with your motorcycle.
  • Know what you should do when you have adverse road and weather conditions to contend with.
  • Take a training course so you’re very clear on the best ways to safely ride your motorcycle.

If You’re a Motorist in a Car or Truck

Even motorists who don’t ride motorcycles can help bikers remain safe. When you’re sharing the road with motorcycle riders, there are some specific things to be aware of, including:

  • Checking blind spots and mirrors at intersections and before you change lanes, because motorcycles can be small and harder to see.
  • Give yourself a greater following distance when you’re behind a motorcycle, since they can often stop faster than you.
  • Be sure to signal when you plan to merge or change lanes.
  • Never drive drunk or otherwise impaired.
  • Respect the space around a motorcycle and don’t crowd them simply because they are a smaller vehicle.

When motorcyclists and other motorists share the road together and all take responsibility for being careful, there are fewer accidents. People can get where they are headed more easily, and motorcycle riders can enjoy being out in the open air without as much concern over whether other motorists are going to pose a risk to their safety.