Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

 

SEPTEMBER RIDES ARE SO FUN!: …Keep Your Freedom Alive.

“Motorcycling…is not of itself, inherently dangerous. Riding a motorcycle is however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence or stupidity.”

Not sure who came up with the above quote and observation but I gotta tell yas…after 45 years of motorcycle riding experience, I could not of said it better myself. Unfortunately, we must add an additional warning to this observation today. No matter how good and safe a rider you are, there’s a distracted driver out there who could snuff you out.

 

Please! Don’t Text and Drive…Don’t Drink and Ride! Watch Out for Motorcycles.

 

Research from the Ad Council shows that people are convinced that being distracted while driving is dangerous, yet they are still doing it. 

The good folks at the Ad Council are doing all they can to help educate our addicted-to-smartphones population. A big thanks goes to them for their efforts but in the end, it is “you” the driver and rider who needs to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of others on the roads. It is clear by now that no entity, private or public, is able to curtail distracted roadkills in any significant numbers.

Then, there’s the “Buzzed While Driving” crowd…how stupid are these people?

According to the Ad Council, someone is killed every 51 minutes in the U.S due to an alcohol-related car accident.

 

“There’s this incredible feeling you get when riding buzzed…Especially when you crash…such as flesh being torn from your limbs as bones are being broken, crushed and dismembered from your body.” —From the Ride Smart Ride Sober Campaign

 

Start with “The Pledge”…I will not text and drive.

Come on people, we all know that distracted driving is dangerous. So how do we effectively deal with this roadkill habit?

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Thank you for taking the Pledge. Thank you for refusing to Text and Drive.

 

Hey Drivers…looking twice for motorcyclists is one of the best safety actions you can make while driving your vehicle. 

 

 

The Bottom Line

Distracted drivers are unable to focus their full attention on the road. As noted earlier, they are the leading cause of most crashes per the NHTSA. They are a menace to themselves, their passengers, other drivers and killers of motorcyclists. 

Only you can prevent motorcycle accidents so ride safely and look out for the distracted driver. 

Me, I gave up riding motorcycles during commute hours years ago in southern California as I witnessed the driving while distracted epidemic take hold. The riding risk-to-reward ratio during commute times is simply not “worth it” to me.

 

Ride Safe Out There,

Thank You for reading my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Motorcycle Marc – I’m just a motoblogger, some say a motorcycle industry influencer, ambassador and sponsor. Since 2009, I’ve developed a strong, dedicated following of gearheads, motorheads, biker-wannabes and 2-wheeled adventurers who love motorcycles and everything motorcycle-related. Welcome to my world – Marc J. Beaulieu (MJB)

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15 comments

  1. Ollie E. says:

    Love your blog Marc. Thank you for highlighting the topic of motorcycle safety. Here in New York city, I ride a Vespa scooter and I got to tell you, drivers just don’t seem to pay attention to motorcycles so I’m always extra careful to make sure I keep my distances and wear bright clothing. Plus, I never scoot at night.

  2. Harry B. says:

    Another helpful and guideful post from you Motorcycle Marc. Thanks for highlighting motorcycle safety for us riders.

  3. Reggie T. says:

    I find it crazy that only the month of May is used to remind drivers and riders about road safety and looking twice for motorcycles. Safety is every day, every week, every month, all the time. Motorcycle safety awareness should be highlighted all the time.

  4. Allen K. says:

    Great blog you have here Motorcycle Marc. Thank you for championing motorcycle safety.

  5. Tom S. says:

    Hi Marc. I like the helpful info you supply to your articles. Keep it up.

  6. Reddie J. says:

    Hi there, good article about motorcycle safety. Don’t understand why more is not done about distracted driving. It is crazy out there on the roads in LA.

  7. Sharon E. says:

    Very useful piece of information. I’m happy that you share your skills with us.Thanks for sharing.

  8. Terry K. says:

    This is an excellent post Motorcycle Marc. There’s certainly a great deal to find out about this subject. I love all the points you’ve made. I find it really unfortunate that governments and even insurance companies have not done more to stop distracted drivers. It is crazy out there.

  9. Jennie A. says:

    Howdy! Thank you for this article Marc and helping to get the word out about safety for us riders.

  10. Eddy Z. says:

    Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will certainly dig it and will personally suggest to my friends that they get on your mailing list. Thank you for pushing motorcycle safety. We need all the help we can get especially now that idiots are texting and driving everywhere. Good job.

  11. Schellan M. says:

    Interesting blog! You sure know your stuff about motorcycles. Thanks.

  12. Gary H. says:

    An outstanding post for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been doing a little research on this. And he bought me dinner because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this matter here on your website.

  13. Tom K. says:

    Low fines, less than $500, are a complete joke. Have no impact. They make the politicians feel good but simply are not working. Thanks for the post. Can’t help but remind people at the very least.

  14. James and Betty B. says:

    Me and the wife are taking the pledge today, now. Thanks for the reminder. Working on getting our adult children to also pledge to not ever Text and Drive.

  15. Dean R. says:

    Excellent post Marc. I too wonder about te idiots texting while driving. Killer habit. I am surprised the insurance industry and the government is not doing more to curtail this deadly practice.

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