Safety Tips for 2020 National Motorcycle Ride Day

Since its beginning in 2015, ​National Motorcycle Ride Day​ has been celebrated annually on the second Saturday of October. This year, on October 10, 2020, motorcyclists are encouraged to enjoy a day riding on the open road in celebration of the motorcycle community in Florida and around the United States.

What is National Motorcycle Ride Day?

National Motorcycle Ride Day is celebrated in honor of the following ideals and history:

  • Promote riding culture.​ Motorcycles are more than a mode of transportation. They often represent a lifestyle that connects riders to a larger community. While October marks the end of the riding season for many motorcyclists outside of Florida, the national day is intended to encourage unity in the motorcycle community regardless of age, gender, or type of motorcycle.
  • Honor John B. Dunlop’s invention. ​The second Saturday in October honors Dunlop’s creation of the first practical pneumatic tire in October 1887, which was a significant step in producing modern motorcycles.
  • Build professional relationships.​ National Motorcycle Ride Day encourages making strong connections among different partners in the motorcycling community — riders, dealers, distributors, motorcycle manufacturers, and others. Accordingly, you can show your support by visiting your local motorcycle industry dealers on October 10, 2020. Safety Reminders for Motorcyclists National Motorcycle Ride Day is also a time to review the basic tips that can help motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers safely share the road. Motorcycle crashes continue to lead as one of the most common causes of serious injury and death on the road. According to the ​Insurance Institute for Highway Safety​, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a motor vehicle. But when drivers and motorcycle riders cooperate to maintain awareness, everyone benefits from safe driving conditions. While the tips below may seem basic, they serve as reminders to significantly decrease your risk of an accident while celebrating the freedom to ride.

Wear your helmet. ​According to the ​National Highway Traffic Safety Administration​, non-helmeted motorcycle riders are twice as likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, in addition to skull fractures and facial disfigurement. In the event of an accident, motorcycle helmets help to absorb the impact of a crash and keep your head safe.

  • Wear protective clothing.​ Long pants, long sleeves, leather, and over-the-ankle boots provide the best protection against injuries such as road rash in the event of an accident. Bright colors or reflective materials also increase your visibility on the road.
  • Do not drink and ride. ​According to the NHTSA, 25% of motorcycle riders involved in a fatal accident were alcohol-impaired. There is no safe recommended limit for drinking and riding.
  • Be aware of road conditions and traffic patterns. ​When riding over slippery surfaces or gravel, maintain a safe speed and exercise caution. ​Avoid tailgating and allow enough space to prepare for obstacles. Safety Tips for Drivers
  • Do not tailgate motorcyclists. ​A motorcycle’s slim profile makes it more difficult for drivers to perceive distance when slowing down or speeding up. Some motorcycle brake lights also might not engage when a motorcycle decelerates, which requires that drivers leave enough room between their vehicle and the motorcyclist in front.
  • Use turn signals. ​According to a report by the ​Society of Automotive Engineers​, the lack of turn signal use among drivers has been linked to twice as many accidents as distracted driving accidents. Turn signals allow riders the necessary time to adjust their speed for an incoming lane change.
  • Exercise caution when making a left turn. ​Left turn accidents occur when oncoming motorcycles are not recognized by drivers making a left turn. Motorcycles can exist in blind spots, particularly for drivers who do not carefully check for oncoming traffic.
  • Double-check blind spots before making a lane change. ​Before changing lanes, merging, or entering a roadway, drivers should know where blind spots exist for their vehicle and use mirrors to perform a quick glance to the side. How Will You Celebrate the Day? Our motorcycle accident lawyers are also riders. We are active in Florida’s motorcycle community in and around the Tampa Bay Area and are interested to hear how you plan to mark the day. Please share a photo or post of what you did on National Motorcycle Ride Day on ​our Facebook page​. You can also use #nationalmotorcycleday to share your experience with others enjoying the day across the country. Practicing motorcycle safety can decrease the risk of an accident. If you or someone you know has sustained a serious injury in a motorcycle crash, you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer to advocate for your rights. Call ​The Fran Haasch Law Group​ today at ​(727) 784-8191. Or contact us onlinetoday for a free, no-risk consultation.