Get Your Motor Running
Long summer days filled with sunshine and blue skies is what some motorcycle enthusiasts live for. They finally get to open their garage and take their two-wheeled freedom machines out for a ride. Expect to see a lot more motorcycles on your daily commutes and hearing the sound of loud rumbling exhaust pipes in the distance on weekends. Whether you’re riding on two wheels, or driving something with four or more, it is important to be aware of your surroundings when you are out on the road. Motorcycle accidents are known to be some of the most dangerous accidents.
Vehicle Safety is a Two-Way Street
In 2013, motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident than other vehicle drivers, and up to five times more likely to be injured (According to NHTSA).
It is the responsibility of both drivers and motorcyclists to ensure safety on the road. Drivers have to be aware of any nearby motorcycles, and riders need to make sure they stand out in order to be seen by other cars. That means that we need to put the phones down, and we need to wear the correct safety gear when we ride. We must all share the roads.
A Split Debate
If you don’t know what “lane splitting” is, you probably witnessed it while driving. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist cuts through traffic by riding in between lanes of vehicles. The debate on whether or not this maneuver should be outlawed is split with some states making it legal and others illegal. In Texas, lane splitting is technically neither illegal nor legal. There have been no laws about it until in 2015 when a bill was proposed to make it legal – with specific restrictions. If passed into law, lane splitting would be legal in traffic speeds up to 20 mph.
So if the traffic speed is 20 mph, a motorcycle can lane split at a safe speed of 25 mph. Motorcycles are not water-cooled like most cars and trucks, so a motorcycle stopped in traffic runs the risk of overheating and causing injury to the rider. Lane splitting at low speeds can actually be safer for a motorcyclist.
A Helmet For Your Thoughts
Every state has a different helmet law. In Texas, you do not need to wear a helmet if you meet these 3 requirements.
- Over 21, with a valid motorcycle license.
- Have a health insurance plan that covers motorcycle accidents.
- Successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course.
The logic behind it is that if you are an experienced rider then you know the risks of not wearing a helmet. It is an example of, “You are old enough to make your own decisions.” However, anyone under 21 must wear a helmet when riding, no exceptions.
Sharing the Road
There are few things in this life that can match the feeling of riding on two wheels. This year, remember that whether you’re driving, or riding, you are not alone on the road. Together we can all arrive safely at our destination, or enjoy the journey itself. We must share the road and be aware of our driving space.
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