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May is Motorcycle Safety Month
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May is Motorcycle Safety Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Month and the Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists of some helpful safety tips.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 655,000 licensed motorcyclists and more than 34,000 registered motorcycles in New York State.

In the past 10 years, motorcycle licenses have increased by 28 percent and registrations have increased by 76 percent.

“With the summer months approaching we will be seeing more motorcycles take to our roadways,” said Commissioner Fiala. “We want to make sure motorcyclists are using proper safety precautions and remind motorists to watch for them and share the road,” said Barbara J. Fiala, NYS DMV Commissioner and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chair.

The following are some tips from the DMV for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.

•           Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.

•           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. 

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by:

•           Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions;

•           Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet;

•           Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;

•           Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves;

•           Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity;

•           Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers; and

•           Never driving while impaired. 

More information can be found by visiting the DMV’s web site at www.dmv.ny.gov or the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee web site at www.safeny.ny.gov.

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