Motorcycle safety tips for drivers and cyclists

Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 20:48:59-04

Motorcycle Awareness Month is just around the corner. However, it is always time to be aware of your surroundings as you head out on the roads.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe when you're out on that bike:

  • Avoid driving in poor weather conditions
  • Motorcyclists and cars should never try to share a lane
  • Use your turn signals to change lanes
  • Use caution as you approach an intersection
  • Wear clothing/apparel that will let you be seen

If you're driving a car:

  • Make sure to keep your distance and give motorcyclists plenty of room
  • Check your blind spots consistently

Most motorcycle crashes occur between 3-6pm, with most occurring on the weekend.

According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, there were a total of 4,295 motorcycle deaths in 2014.

In New York State, there were a total of 4,750 motorcycle wrecks. Of those, 147 motorcycle crashes were fatal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remind all motorists to share the road and use extra precaution.