Friday, April 22, 2016

Enjoy the Weather but Watch Your Speed

(DUFFERIN COUNTY , ON) – Now that we have seen some warmer weather, members from the Dufferin County Detachment of the OPP would like to remind all motorcyclists of the following safety tips:

  • Always ride at a speed appropriate for road and weather conditions as speeding and loss of control are major causes of motorcycle collisions. 
  • Motorcyclists should not assume that other drivers can see them – drivers that have collided with motorcycles often say they did not see the motorcycle until it was too late. 
  • When riding, always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and bright, high-quality protective gear to make yourself more visible to other motorists. 
  • Motorcyclists should avoid riding in a vehicle’s blind spot, as this can greatly reduce their risk of a potential collision due to other motorists being unable to see and avoid them. 
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable road users because motorcycles are more difficult to see than other vehicles and lack safety features such as airbags or seatbelts, which directly contribute to occupant safety in a collision. Thus, safe and defensive driving is paramount in reducing the number of motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries on our roads and highways.