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Indiana State Police Ask Motorcyclists And Motorists To Be Aware
Updated May 2, 2016 8:08 AM
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(UNDATED) - The warm weather of spring and summer brings increased motorcycle traffic, with Hoosiers riding for recreation and transportation.

Nationally, every year, motorcycle riders are involved in thousands of crashes that result in disabling injuries and death. The Indiana State Police offers these safe driving tips so that everyone can share Hoosier Highways safely.

Tips for passenger vehicles:

  • Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic. Use your turn signals when changing lanes.
  • Anticipate hazards that may confront a motorcyclist like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions. Allow at least two seconds of following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
  • Be cautious and observant when turning left. This is a primary cause of crashes between vehicles and motorcycles.
  • Remember, motorcycles are entitled to operate in a full lane.
  • Obey all traffic laws.

Tips for motorcycle riders:

  • Wear protective equipment and clothing, especially a helmet with face shield.
  • Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing, using reflective tape and by using your motorcycle's headlight. Always use turn signals when changing lanes and turning.
  • Check your motorcycle before each ride, and do not ride if any equipment is not operating properly.
  • Look for road hazards. Be especially cautious around intersections, alleys, driveways, and other areas where an animal, pedestrian, or vehicle might enter your path.
  • Avoid riding in the blind spot of other vehicles.
  • Ride defensively; always leave enough reaction time for unexpected movements from other vehicles.
  • When operating a motorcycle during inclement weather, slow down and use extra caution. Avoid sudden changes in direction or speed.
  • Never ride impaired.
  • Never perform stunts like "wheelies" or other tricks.

Motorcycles are harder to see then other vehicles; consequently, many crashes occur because other motorists don't see the motorcycle. All motorists should take the time for a second look before pulling into an intersection or making a left turn. It only takes a second to save a life.

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