Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

SAFETY: Be more aware of motorcyclists

Letter by Diane Leonard, Spanaway on May 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | 31 Comments »
May 2, 2012 12:10 pm

During May, motorcyclists will be promoting National Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month. I would like to use this time to educate everyone that uses the highways, city and rural roads in our area.

I am a member of Leather & Lace MC, an international women’s motorcycle club. One of our top priorities is to support motorcycle safety in our community. Below are some awareness tips that I would like to share:

• Why didn’t I see that motorcycle?Because of its size, a motorcycle is harder to see and estimate the motorcycle’s speed.

• When are accidents most likely to occur? When you are attempting a left turn in front of a motorcyclist. You may fail to adequately check blind spots before changing lanes or making turns, and large vehicles may block a motorcycle from view.

• How can I become more aware? Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel. Predict evasive actions when you see obstacles in the road. Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.

Don’t just give a glance. Give a second look.

Tags:
*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.