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Posted on: May 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Look Twice, Save a Life


Pleasant weather means more motorcycles are cruising Allen streets. Help prevent deadly collisions by following these safety tips.

For riders:

  • Purchase a new, full-coverage helmet. Used helmets are useless after they’ve been worn in a crash.
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing. If you wear goggles or glasses, make sure they are ventilated so they don’t fog up while riding.
  • Be courteous; don’t weave in and out of lanes or ride on the shoulder.
  • Use headlights day and night.

For drivers:

  • Look twice when making a left turn. Vehicles turning in front of motorcycles are the #1 cause of fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • Allow space for motorcycle riders to swerve. Just because a rider is weaving doesn’t mean they’re driving recklessly. They may swerve to avoid a pothole, oil spot, or other debris.
  • Increase your following distance when driving behind a motorcycle. Motorcycles need less stopping distance than cars. Rear-ending a motorcycle could have serious, if not deadly, effects on the rider.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is marked each May to promote the safe operation and awareness of motorcycles.

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