The American Motorcyclist Association reminds motorists to drive safely this Labor Day holiday weekend and, particularly, to be alert for motorcyclists sharing the roads.
Based on an analysis of crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the AMA estimates that as many as 60 motorcyclists could be killed in crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Those statistics emphasize the need for additional caution while traveling.
“Everyone deserves a chance to relax with a day off from work, but no one should take a break from safe driving,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “We urge motorcyclists and motorists to respect one another, to be vigilant and to pull over and stop if they become fatigued.”
Impaired and distracted driving become more prevalent during holiday travel times, increasing the risk to all motorists. But motorcyclists always are more vulnerable than other drivers.
To ensure a safe Labor Day holiday weekend, the AMA recommends that automobile and truck drivers:
- Keep a close eye out for the increased number of motorcyclists on the roads;
- Keep the driver’s area distraction-free;
- Leave early to avoid the temptation to speed; and
- Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi.
And motorcyclists should:
- Take more frequent breaks to remain rested and alert;
- Minimize your own onboard distractions, such as music players and other technological gadgets;
- Never ride while impaired;
- Provide an extra safety cushion of space between your bike and the vehicle you are following; and
- Wear the proper protective gear.
“We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination, so they can fully enjoy this holiday weekend,” Dingman said. “A little extra time, a little extra space between you and the car ahead, and a little more focus on nearby vehicles can contribute to a significantly safer experience.”