Motorcycle Awareness Month is wrapping up for another year. I can’t honestly say that it was one of my busier months on a bike. For the most part there was a lot of life stuff in the way and I just didn’t ride as much as I would like. However, I did notice the electronic highway signs reminding drivers of Motorcycle Awareness Month and to keep an eye out for people on motorcycles. Hopefully that driving attitude will continue all year round. As much as it is crammed into the minds of motorcyclists everywhere to be aware of their surroundings and the cars around them, it is so important that people behind the wheel do the same thing.
Being married to a motorcycle instructor means I get those little reminders regularly about shoulder checking. It is rare you see someone behind the wheel of a car shoulder check. On a bike, you will check your mirrors and shoulder check before changing lanes or make a right hand turn. People in cars tend to rely on their mirrors only. The problem with that is mirrors have blind spots that motorcycles can easily fit into while passing. If you spend a lot of time in your car, get reacquainted with shoulder checking. It is something that could save a bikers life.
I’m not going to turn this blog into a list of things drivers can do to make the roads safer for people on motorcycles. The fact is, it is a two way street. Like idiot drivers, idiot riders can make all riders look bad so looking out for each other must be reciprocal and respectful. Neither rider nor driver should put the other in a dangerous situation by operating their machine in an unsafe manner.
The real summer weather is on the way and even more bikes will be on the road. The goal this year is to keep motorcycle awareness in the minds of everyone on the road ( motorbikes included) all the time.