May is motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes DROPPED almost 5% in 2018.  Unfortunately, though, motorcycle riders are still overrepresented in traffic fatalities.

All of us at MAC urge drivers and motorcyclists alike to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.

Safe riding practices and cooperation from ALL road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our highways. But it’s especially important for car and truck drivers to understand the safety challenges faced by us motorcyclists.  By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.

In the coming days of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, I will be passing along to you, the motorcyclist, some excellent tips from the NHTSA.  Here’s the first one:

MAKE SURE YOU ARE PROPERLY LICENSED

Louisiana requires a motorcycle license endorsement   To receive the proper endorsement, you’ll need to pass written and on-cycle skills tests administered by the Office of Motor Vehicles.  Completing a motorcycle rider education course is a good way to ensure you have the correct instruction and experience it takes to ride a motorcycle. The Louisiana State Police, for example, offers an excellent course.  Learn more about it here: http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html

Be safe!