This weekend’s expected break from rain will likely have motorcycle riders revving their engines for a ride after a dreary winter.
Motorists need to be extra vigilant as bikers take to the roads. That means double-checking at intersections before pulling out. Motorcycle riders should also turn their headlights on during the day to make their bikes more visible.
Drivers in vehicles should double check blind spots before changing lanes, and don’t crowd bikes if you are trying to pass. Also leave plenty of room between your vehicle and a motorcycle. Indiana requires motorcycle riders and passengers 17 and younger to wear helmets. This includes riders of mopeds and other lower-power cycles.
The federal government estimates that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Riders who don’t wear helmets are three times more likely than helmeted ones to sustain traumatic brain injuries in the event of a crash.
Licensed Indiana drivers can add a motorcycle endorsement to their license by completing a motorcycle safety course or holding a motorcycle learner’s permit and passing a motorcycle skills test. More information is available online at http://www.in.gov/bmv/2357.htm.