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The Most Common Motorcycle Crash!

The Most Common Motorcycle Crash!

This month on the ATE page, we would like to wrap up our e-newsletter with an informative look at the most common motorcycle accident, and how we can all play a role in preventing this type of crash.

Again, we ask that you share this information with your fleet drivers, friends and family members; a quick review today may save a life tomorrow.

Q. What is the most common motorcycle crash? And how do we avoid it?

The most common motorcycle crash…
A car turns left in front of the motorcyclist. The driver of the vehicle fails to see the motorcycle or may judge their speed incorrectly, turning in front of the motorcycle at an intersection. Blame inattention, distraction, blind spots and even psychology; a driver looking for cars perceives merely an absence of cars, not the presence of a motorcycle.

A. How to avoid this crash:

As the driver of the car, it is imperative to be focused on the task of driving, scanning the roadway for hazards and providing a safe zone around the vehicle at all times. When making a left hand turn that will take the vehicle across the roadway in front of on-coming traffic, the driver must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and only execute the move across the roadway when it is completely safe to do so. This action requires a driver to be looking as far ahead as possible for any possible hazards within the traffic flow. This includes looking for and recognizing motorcycle riders and others.

For the motorcycle rider, it is fair to assume that the driver of vehicle does not see you. As you scan the roadway, specifically places where a driver may make the move to pull out in front of you, or cross in front of you; be prepared for the worst. Slow down, cover your brake and be ready to take evasive action if necessary. Do not take for granted that the driver of the car has noticed your presence on the roadway. Always be prepared for the worst, a safe ride home is dependent upon your focus and ability to see things before they unfold.

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Ben Langley is the Safety Editor for “The Driver Advantage™”. Ben is a passionate proponent for driver safety education, training and awareness. Continuously submerged in research targeting human behavior and driver safety; Ben initiates creative thinking that is evident in his writings. Ben also develops unique, exciting and results oriented driver safety programs and campaigns. His knowledge and common sense approach to driver safety is wrapped with authentic concern for people. Ben is also the co-found of Safety Wins, Inc. a 501©(3) non-profit organization. The Safety Wins concept of training fleet drivers at NASCAR Race Tracks throughout America was federally and privately funded. Today, Safety Wins, Inc focuses on Teen Driver Safety and continues to use the platform of motorsports to attract attention to their life saving driver safety message. Contact the author

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Safely Navigating Roundabouts: Safety Tip

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There’s no escaping it … most of us are creatures of habit and would much rather stay in our comfort zone. So traveling down the average roadway, 2 lanes or 4, keeps us pretty comfortable until, Yikes, I’m heading into a roundabout! Now what do I do?

If you’re like most drivers, other than driving through long tunnels or over major suspension bridges, you’d probably vote that navigating through a roundabout is one of your least favorite driving experiences.

However, after more than 20 years of research data, the roundabout is proving itself to be safer than traditional intersection traffic controls. Roundabouts have shown to reduce fatal crashes by 90 percent and injury crashes by 75 percent. Along with the reduction in crashes, roundabouts have proven to reduce the confusion that some drivers experience at Four-way stops.

This “One Second Advantage™” Safety Tip we will help you understand and use the proper techniques to safely navigate through a roundabout.

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