A Message from Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths:
This week marks the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The weather is warming up, and soon more motorcyclists will be out enjoying the ride! This makes it the perfect time to remind all motorists that riders and drivers need to work together to share the road. Safe driving and riding practices from all road users will help keep motorists and riders safe.
Preliminary reports show that 82 motorcyclists were killed on Minnesota roadways in 2022. We all have the power to make choices behind the wheel – and the handlebars to keep everyone safe.
- Watch for motorcycles. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance are more difficult to judge.
- Always look twice before entering a roadway, turning left, or changing lanes.
- Give riders room by maintaining a three-second (or more) following distance and double-check blind spots.
- Pay attention and drive at safe speeds, especially on corners and unfamiliar roads.
- Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding, keeping your speed in check, and maintaining a three-second (or more) following distance.
- Wear the gear, preferably a helmet to boots. Motorcyclists are highly encouraged to wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly colored protective gear for visibility and protection.
- Get trained. Rider training helps new riders develop better skills and earn a license while returning and experienced riders can sharpen their skills.
- Don’t drink and ride. Every year about one-third of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.
- Know how to navigate a curve. Here are tips for riding through curves safely:
- Slow down for the curve.
- Look through the curve.
- Counter steer.
- Gently roll on through the curve.
Together we can drive Minnesota toward zero deaths.