If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how much fun riding can be. You understand the exhilaration of cruising the open road and the challenge of controlling a motorcycle, but, remember, motorcycling can also be dangerous.
Motorcyclists across the state are travelling Ohio roads to enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful fall foliage, which is why the Wyandot County Safe Community Coalition wants to remind all motorists to “Share the Road”.
According to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, last year in Ohio there were 142 fatal crashes resulting in 146 deaths involving motorcycles in Ohio. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if all motorists worked together to make the highways safer. No matter the reason you are travelling Ohio roadways this fall, please remember the following safety tips:
• Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
• Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Always allow more follow distance-three to four seconds-when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
• Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Motorcyclists, protect yourselves and avoid accidents this summer by taking this simple advice:
• Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
• Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
• Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to other drivers.
• Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
By following these basic safety tips, we hope you can help prevent motorcycle crashes in Wyandot County, and across the state, this fall. No matter what you are driving, share the responsibility of keeping our roads safe-“Share the Road”.
For more information on motorcycle safety, visit the Health Department’s Facebook page. Show your support for motorcycle safety by picking up a free “Look Out for Motorcycles” yard sign and/or vehicle magnets from your favorite local motorcycle shop or at the Wyandot County Public Health Department.