Road safety

Important road safety tips for motorcyclists

(good things utah) The summer season is heating up, with more drivers than ever before hitting the roads of Utah. For motorcyclists, this year has been of particular concern for their safety – now seeing a 40% jump in the number of motorcycle deaths in the state. An aptly named Utah-based nonprofit Zero deathsis on a mission to change that.

According to Kristin Hoschouer of Zero Fatality: “Lately we have seen an increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities. It’s hard for us to see…and we want it to go away.

Unpredictable weather and harsh road conditions have made motorcyclist safety even more difficult. That’s why it’s important that drivers and riders share the roads, understand the risks and make responsible choices.

The holidays generally see more road-related accidents here in Utah. And with the holiday weekend coming up, Zero Fatality encourages everyone to drive safely. Here are some great road trip tips for drivers and cyclists to reduce fatalities:

DRIVERS

  • Check blind spots
  • Be aware of motorcycle laws – including lane screening, now legal in Utah

MOTORCYCLISTS

  • Stay visible at all times
  • Avoid vehicle blind spots
  • Wear protective gear

Motorcyclists are also recommended to take courses to learn how to drive safely. One such course that offers great lessons for cyclists is Ride To Live Utah – training courses run by the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Highways. These courses help riders learn important safety laws, hone their skills, and receive required licenses. Find more information about RideToLive.Utah.Gov.

To see more helpful facts and tips for staying safe on Utah’s roads, go to ZeroFatalities.com.


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