By Dallas Hammit / ADOT State Engineer
Did you know that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?
While all of us should remember to share the road year-round, I hope that you’ll use this month to reflect on your driving habits and resolve to be more aware of other motorists, whether they’re driving a vehicle with two wheels or four.
In case you need a refresher, here are some good safety tips:
For all road users
- Remember: A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
- Give a motorcyclist a full lane width to maneuver safely.
- Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
- Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see, so keep an eye out.
- Allow more distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle. This gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
- Wear a helmet and use reflective tape and gear to be more visible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016.
- Never ride while impaired or distracted – it is not worth the risk of killing or injuring yourself or someone else.
- When it comes to riding a motorcycle, training and safety gear are critical. ADOT encourages all riders to take a state-authorized training course.
Editor's Note: More safety messages from Dallas Hammit, ADOT's state engineer and deputy director for transportation, are available at Driving Safety Home on azdot.gov.