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The Month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month – AAA Providing Tips to Keep Everyone Safe


The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and AAA is reminding both motorists and motorcyclists on important safety tips as biking season goes into full gear. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise with 6,218 motorcyclists killed in ‘22, the highest number since 1975.

Additional data from the NHTSA shows fatalities have increased by 5% in 2022 when compared to 2021 and of all motorcycle crashes, 15% of them were fatal. Motorcycles registered in the county have increased over the past decade with 8.8 bikes registered in 2023.

Motorists should remember the key phrase when driving “Look Twice, Save a Life.” AAA says drivers should also check their mirrors and blind spots before entering and/or leaving a lane of traffic and intersections. A majority of vehicle/motorcycle crashes occur because of the driver not seeing the motorcyclists.

Drivers should also increase their following distance when behind motorcycles, AAA says. This will be additional time if an emergency stop is needed or maneuver. Drivers should never share a lane with a motorcycle either, motorcyclists have the same right to lanes as any other vehicle.

For motorcyclists to stay safe when out riding, AAA says you should check tire pressure and tread depth before heading out and to make sure brakes, headlights, and turn signal lights are working. Also ensure any cargo is properly secured.

New York State Law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. The US Department of Transportation approved helmets that have met a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard with a DOT symbol on the back of the helmet. Always ensure when riding, you make yourself visible including keeping lights on, and positioning yourself where drivers can see you.

*Feature image courtesy of AAA*

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