The nice weather that comes after Mother’s Day signifies that summer (and the huge Memorial Day weekend) is coming soon. With that, motorcycle riders across the region are anticipating their opportunity to hit the open road. But like every year around this time, drivers essentially have to re-learn how to share the road with motorcycles.
It is a lesson pretty much all drivers are taught when they are just getting started: "make sure to check your blind spots." Unfortunately, there are plenty of drivers, inexperienced and experienced alike, that fail to follow this guidance when actually out on the roads.
The famous car chase scene in the movie "Bullitt" starts with Steve McQueen carefully fastening his seat belt. It is just a lap belt, of course, but the movie was made in 1968. At any rate, that moment, that click of the buckle, signals the viewer that something dangerous and exciting is about to happen. Before McQueen takes his foot off the brake, the audience is on the edge of their seats.
Any experienced motorcyclist will tell you that one of the keys to safe riding is always being aware of your surroundings, including not just the road ahead and behind, but also the roadsides.
Now that the warmer temperatures are finally here, there's a good chance you'll start hearing some familiar summer sounds, including the revving of lawnmower engines, boat engines and, of course, motorcycle engines.
We’ve long stated that drivers need to pay better attention to motorcyclists on the road. Too often drivers either do not watch for motorcyclists, or they do not yield the right of way.
As we inch ever closer to spring and summer, people's thoughts are naturally gravitating toward those activities they enjoy the most when the weather turns warm. For some, it's taking their boat or jet ski out on the water, and for others its hitting the trails with their specialized bicycles.
Recently released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that 2013 -- the most recent year for which complete data is available -- saw the number of fatal motorcycle accidents drop by 6.4 percent from 2012, continuing the trend in recent years of lower overall fatalities.
At this time of the year, the last thing most people here in the Midwest would ever think about is taking their motorcycle out of the garage and out for a ride. However, when the snow melts and the settings are ideal for a long bike trip, they'll need to remember a few basic safety items, including whether the states in which they'll be cruising require a helmet.