Motorcycle Safety

by Emily Baird on March 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

The warmer weather and official start to spring is prompting more motorcyclists to take their bikes on the roads, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol wants drivers to take some precautions.

"Pay attention to the other drivers. That’s the big thing because you may see them. I will guarantee you that they probably won’t see you. 99% of the time, they’re looking past you because you’re a smaller vehicle, " says Zanesville Post Commander Lt. Steven Rine.

Troopers are asking that you wear protective gear, such as helmets, reflective clothing, and boots. That’s because the main cause of minor motorcycle accidents is bugs and road debris.

If you do notice you’re losing control or on the verge of colliding, there is something you can do for your own safety.

"The only advice I could give you is you try not to fall underneath your bike, either on top of it or the side of it, " says Rine.

That’s one of the subjects taught during training, which you need to ride a motorcycle.