There are More Motorcycles on the Road

There are More Motorcycles on the Road

From traffic safety tips to specialty insurance, AAA has you covered
April S. Engram
rider motorcycle helmet in hand motorcycle in background

Motorcyclists are six times more likely to be injured and 27 times more likely to be killed than car occupants, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

“Everyone can do their part to safely share the road, especially between May and September, when motorcyclists are more likely to take advantage of good weather and go for a drive,” said Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

Here are AAA tips to stay safe on the roads:

For motorcyclists:

  • Before you ride, check tire pressure and tread depth. Make sure brakes, headlights and signal indicators are in working order. 
  • Make sure any cargo is secure and balanced, and adjust suspension and tire pressure to accommodate extra weight. 
  • Always ride with a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard – look for the “DOT” symbol on the outside back of the helmet. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 
  • Don’t stop with a helmet. Wear other protective gear, such as motorcycle gloves, jacket and pants.
  • Make yourself visible. Keep your lights on, wear bright colors and use reflective tape, even during the daytime. Position yourself in the lane where drivers can see you.
  • Follow traffic laws, always use turn signals, and combine hand signals with turn signals when you can to make your intentions even more clear. 
  • Never ride impaired – 26 percent of fatally injured riders in 2019 were driving under the influence of alcohol, according to IIHS. 

 For drivers: 

  • Check mirrors and blind spots for motorcyclists before entering or leaving lanes of traffic and at intersections. Most multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. Both motorcyclists and drivers are responsible for sharing the road.
  • Signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic. Even when signaling, allow enough time to determine a motorcyclist's intention before you proceed. 
  • Increase following distance behind motorcycles and provide enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. 

You’ll see more motorcycles on the road because the number of U.S. households with motorcycles is growing, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. 

That means if you own a motorcycle, you’ll need to take one more important thing with you on the road to keep you and your prized machine protected: specialty insurance. 
Motorcycle and scooter sales rose 11.4% in 2020 during the pandemic, according to a Retail Sales Report issues recently by the Motorcycle Industry Council.

Motorcycles, as well as collector cars and boats, are generally not covered under standard auto or homeowners policies. Specialty policies offer broader coverage and options, specialized claims handling and customer service, and, sometimes, additional discounts for mature riders, completing training courses and memberships in rider associations or clubs. 

Motorcycle insurance offers replacement cost coverage and travel loss reimbursement, and might also include coverage for permanently attached accessories, safety apparel and helmets.

For more information, call your AAA insurance agent, visit your local branch, or visit us online!

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Submitted by Rick (not verified) on Tue, 05/11/2021 - 09:02

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It's about time cyclists were told to start obeying traffic laws.

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