The arrival of spring brings with it an increase in motorcycle traffic. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants all road users to safely share the road.
MDOT is releasing this video that outlines safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists to encourage everyone to be safe on Mississippi highways. As April showers give way to temperate spring days, more motorcyclists will be out enjoying the weather. At MDOT, we want all road users to coexist and cooperate to reduce injuries and fatalities.
Driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and knowledge. All motorcycle operators are required to have an endorsement in addition to an automobile driver’s license. It is also important for drivers to understand the challenges motorcyclists face.
Drivers, adjust your mirrors and know your blind spots. Motorcyclists don’t appear out of nowhere. With their smaller size and profile, motorcycles can blend in with traffic. Be sure to check twice for bikes.
It can also be harder to tell how far away a bike is or how fast it is going. When in doubt, let the motorcycle pass before turning at intersections or entering a travel lane.
Don’t follow motorcycles too closely. Motorcycles can slow quickly and operators don’t always use brakes. Leave extra space between yourself and bikes so you can react accordingly.
Motorcycle riders, you should also take precautions to remain safe on the road.
Before every ride, check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators. And before riding in traffic, be sure you are comfortable with how your bike handles.
Wear protection. Helmets are required on Mississippi roads. Arms and legs should also be covered to provide protection in a crash. Gloves and boots will help protect your hands and feet.
Be visible. Reflective tape and bright gear can help other motorists see you in traffic. Ride defensively. While you can’t control how other road users drive, you can anticipate changes in traffics. Pay attention and be prepared to respond to changing conditions.
By being mindful of other road users, we can all help reduce injuries and fatalities. All motorists, whether in automobiles or on motorcycles, should obey speed limits, avoid distractions and never drive impaired.