Motorcycle season is here. We encourage you to look twice - save a life.
Give riders their share of the roadway. Motorcyclists may be in "blind spots" so by taking that second look it might help them see us.
Ten things all drivers should know about motorcycles:
1. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle - they ignore it, usually unintentionally. Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at intersections.
2. A motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into or out of a driveway, realize that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
3. A motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car's blind spots or masked by objects or backgrounds such as bushes, fences and bridges. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.
4. A motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don't assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.
5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more distance when following them. At intersections, expect that a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, especially beginners, sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Watch for other signs that a motorcyclist is making a turn.
7. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to allow you to share the lane with them or be reckless or show off.
8. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions. But don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
9. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime."
10. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury in traffic collisions than other roadway users since they don't have the advantage of being surrounded by 3,000 pounds of steel.
When a motorcycle is in motion, think of it as a person. Remember, "Take a second look; I might be there."