It’s on us.
Motorcycles don’t come with airbags. So it’s up to all of us to keep bikers safe. In an effort to protect Jacksonville’s bikers, we want to remind you to not only check twice for motorcycles, but also to stay safe when riding one, too.
Safety tips for riders:
- Keep a safe distance. Keep at least one car length between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
- Anticipate not being seen. Every day in the US, more than eight people are killed in crashes that involve distracted drivers. Ride defensively, and avoid distractions of your own.
- Wear a helmet. Helmets are only required for riders under 20 years old, yet helmets save thousands of lives a year—no matter how old you are.
- Watch your lefts. Forty-four percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve left-hand turns, so exercise additional caution when turning left.
- Be aware of weather conditions. Florida’s weather conditions are often unpredictable, so be prepared for an afternoon thunderstorm that causes slick roads and the traffic accidents that come with it.
Safety tips for drivers:
- Pay attention. Distracted driving takes thousands of lives each year, so make sure your eyes and attention are on the road when driving. This includes rearview mirrors, blind spots and side mirrors—not just the road in front of you.
- Keep a distance. Keep a further distance between you and motorcycles than you would another vehicle, as they generally accelerate, turn and stop quicker than a car would.
- Watch for braking. Sometimes a motorcyclist will slow by only downshifting, so you may not see a brake light. Instead, pay attention to the speed.
- Be polite. The road is just as much a motorcyclist’s as it is yours, so be courteous and mindful when driving around them.