Spring is here, and that means there will be an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. Motorcycle awareness is vital to the safety of all drivers on Texas roads. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that, on average, every year, about 500 motorcyclists are killed, and over 2,000 are injured in accidents. Both motorcycle riders and other drivers need to be more aware when on the road to ensure the safety of everyone.
Look Learn Live
Look Learn Live is a Texas motorcycle safety initiative designed to bring awareness to motorcycles on the roads. The campaign was developed by the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas A & M Transportation Institute, and the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition. Some critical takeaways for motorcyclists include:
● Motorcycle riders need to make sure they look for cross traffic before making a turn at an intersection.
● Motorcycles should remain in their own lane, with only one motorcycle to a lane
● Stay out of the blind spot of other vehicles when possible
● Do not tailgate – allow at least four seconds of following distance
● Wear safety gear, including a helmet
● Do not ride while impaired
● Take a rider’s course to learn how to safely ride a motorcycle
These tips are especially helpful for new riders, but motorcycle riders can never get complacent. Always assume that other drivers cannot see, since that is often the case. Do not take unnecessary risks and always follow the rules of the road.
Rider’s Courses Improve Road Safety
Motorcycle riders of all levels from beginners through advanced should spend time taking a motorcycle rider’s course. The law requires all motorcyclists to take a course before they can qualify for a motorcycle license. According to LookLearnLive.org, riders who took a class crash less often, and when they do, they are more likely to survive. You can choose from two motorcycle courses.
The basic rider course is for new riders or those with little experience. The course teaches you how to use safety gear, and you can practice maneuvering so you can learn how to quickly get out of dangerous situations. It also helps new drivers learn how to avoid getting into potentially hazardous conditions. The experienced rider course is for advanced riders. The course provides you with advanced techniques for handling dangerous situations you might encounter on the road. It covers such things as maneuvering at high speeds, traction control, and braking in an emergency.
Texas law requires most motorcycle operators and passengers to wear a helmet. The helmet must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (#218). Wearing a helmet is the best way to protect yourself in an accident. It is also best to wear additional protective gear, such as long pants, gloves, and footwear. It is helpful to wear a brightly colored vest or reflective clothing to allow other drivers to see you better.
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