May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Prince George, B.C. – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in B.C. and to mark the occasion ICBC has released some tips to ensure both drivers and riders remain safe.
Tips for drivers:
- Give extra space when passing a motorcycle: Allow at least three seconds following distance when you’re behind a motorcycle.
- Scan intersections: As with other vulnerable road users, most car crashes involving motorcycles happen in intersections. Drivers need to look out for motorcycles – especially when turning left – they can be harder to see and it can be tough to judge how fast they’re traveling.
- Leave your phone alone: Stay focused and avoid distractions that take your mind off driving and your eyes off the road.
- Share the road with motorcycles: If in doubt about who has the right-of-way, yield to the motorcycle.
Tips for riders:
- Wear all the gear, all the time: This includes a helmet that meets DOT, Snell or ECE safety standards and safety gear designed for riding. In all weather conditions, wearing proper motorcycle safety gear is key to reducing the severity of injuries in the event of a crash.
- Be bright and visible: Protect yourself and your passengers from serious injury by choosing gear that has bright colours and reflective materials.
- Manoeuvre intersections safely: Especially where oncoming traffic is waiting to turn left, adjust your lane position and reduce your speed so you’ll have an escape path or time to stop if you need it.
- Share the road with vehicles: Never assume a driver has seen you. This may not accurately judge your distance or speed of approach. As best you can, stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
Sixty per cent of motorcycle crashes in B.C. involve other vehicles. In fact, last year in B.C. 1,600 motorcyclists were injured in 2,600 crashes.
In the North Central region of the province, 47 motorcyclists were injured in 73 crashes. On average, five motorcyclists are killed in crashes each year in the region.