Ride Smart. Ride Safe.

In 2011, an estimated 4,500 motorcyclists nationwide were killed in accidents. That’s 12 riders every day. And another 82,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents.

MotorEagles is working hard to help motorcycles and other vehicles safely co-exist. The “Ride Smart. Ride Safe” campaign is designed to encourage motorcycle riders to do their part to protect themselves while riding.

Many motorists say they have trouble seeing motorcycles because of their small size. There isn’t much that you as a motorcyclist can do about that, except wear bright colors and try to avoid vehicles’ blind spots. But there are some other steps you can take to keep yourself safe on your bike.

What can you do to ride smart and ride safe?

  • Wear a helmet. Even if the laws in your state don’t require helmets, wearing one is always the safest choice. Many studies have found that wearing a helmet increases your chances of surviving and reduces your risk of traumatic brain injury if you are in an accident.
  • Don’t speed. More than one –third of motorcycle fatalities involve a motorcyclist who is driving faster than the speed limits. Speeding reduces your reaction times and makes it more difficult to negotiate dangerous road conditions. Don’t let your need for speed end your life.
  • Use your turn signals. Making sure other drivers are aware of your intentions helps other vehicles avoid colliding with you. Weaving in and out of traffic without using your signal is a good way to endanger yourself and other motorists.
  • Never ride while impaired. In 2010, 28 percent of motorcyclists who died in accidents were drunk. If you have had too much to drink, call a cab or catch a ride with a friend. Never get on your bike if you are drunk.
  • Pay attention to the road. There are lots of things on the road that you need to be aware of while riding. That includes road debris and other vehicles. All it takes is a split second of taking your eyes off the road to find yourself driving off the road or through a stop sign. So never let yourself be distracted by a cell phone or anything else that can draw your attention away from where it needs to be.

MotorEagles is serious about improving motorcycle safety and helping save lives. Help us make a difference by always riding smart and riding safe. Together, we can make the roads safer for all vehicles.

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