May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month so the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to use extra caution around motorcycles on roadways.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers to use extra caution around motorcycles on roadways as part of Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in May. DPS recommends all drivers "Share the Road. Look Twice for Motorcycles," which is the Texas Department of Transportation’s public awareness campaign highlighting motorcycle safety. In 2015, 455 people died on Texas roadways while riding motorcycles and scooters, which represents approximately 13 percent of all fatalities for the year. In many cases, these fatalities were the result of crashes between a motorcycle and a car or truck. Motorists should use extra caution especially at intersections and when changing lanes – two common places where serious motorcycle collisions occur.
Drivers and motorcyclists can significantly reduce their chances of being involved in a serious or fatal crash by adhering to basic safety measures, including:
- Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
- Never drive while distracted.