May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and with the fabulous spring weather upon us there will be more motorcycles on the roads. ICBC reports that sixty percent of motorcycle crashes in BC involve another vehicle. ICBC reports that last year in BC 1600 motorcyclists were injured in 2600 crashes. ICBC s urging everyone to share the roads safely with motorcycles and yield the right of way at intersections. ICBC has the following tips for drivers:
- Give extra space when passing a motorcycle: Allow at least three seconds following distance when you’re behind a motorcycle.
- Scan intersections: As with other vulnerable road users, the majority of car crashes involving motorcycles happen in intersections. Drivers need to look out for motorcycles – especially when turning left – they can be harder to see and it can be tough to judge how fast they’re travelling.
- Leave your phone alone: stay focused and avoid distractions that take your mind off driving and your eyes off the road.
- Share the road with motorcycles: If in doubt about who has the right of way, yield to the motorcycle.
ICBC has the following tips for riders:
- Wear all the gear, all the time: This includes a helmet that meets DOT, Snell or ECE safety standards and safety gear designed for riding. In all weather conditions, wearing proper motorcycle safety gear is key to reducing the severity of injuries in the event of a crash.
- Be bright and visible: Protect yourself and your passengers from serious injury by choosing gear that has bright colours and reflective materials.
- Manoeuvre intersections safely: Especially where oncoming traffic is waiting to turn left, adjuster your lane position and reduce your speed so you’ll have an escape path or time to stop if you need it.
- Share the road with vehicles: Never assume a driver has seen you. They may not accurately judge our distance or speed of approach. As best you can, stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
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