Warm days and summer breezes are a welcome invitation for motorcyclists to take to the roads. Being able to enjoy the thrill of a motorcycle is exciting, but it does come with additional risks. Bikes have fewer safety features than cars and are harder to see on the road, which results in a dangerous combination.
In addition to the summer season, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place every August, and calls out to bikers across the country. While the weeklong festival may not mean a lot to non-bike drivers, it does mean that they need to take extra precautions for these drivers.
Motorcycles behave as though they have a different set of rules on the road, which means that the rest of the drivers need to behave differently to drive with them on the road. Some extra precautions that everyone should take include:
There is a reason for the “start seeing motorcycles” bumper stickers. These smaller vehicles are harder to notice, and it is everyone’s responsibility to pay attention to the road around them.
Motorcycles use the road in different ways than other drivers. Keep aware of your blindspots, range of attention, and between lanes to ensure that you do not find yourself in an accident with a motorcycle.