May is Motorcycle Safety Month

This article was published on: 05/2/16 11:08 PM by Curt

Every month has a special event or significance that is followed for the entire month. May marks the beginning of Motorcycle Safety Month, and Connecticut State Troopers have some tips to help keep riders safe.

Riding a motorcycle safely and properly is a skill that can only be learned through practice, according to state troopers and in the state of Connecticut a license is required.

State police say they recommend all riders to obtain motorcycle training through a quality course and to take refresher rider courses regularly. Before getting on a motorcycle, riders should consider what safety equipment they will need, troopers say.

According to police, riders should wear a helmet manufactured to standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Connecticut law also requires riders wear eye protection, so motorcyclists should consider a helmet with a shield, goggles, or shatter proof eyeglasses.

They also encourage wearing leather pants, gloves, boots and a jacket, even on warm days offer protection in case of a fall and also recommend wearing reflective clothing since it is often difficult for other motorists to spot motorcyclists on the roads.

Drivers are asked to use extra caution and awareness at intersections, where most motorcycle vs. vehicle crashes occur and also to never drive in an operator’s blind spot. Drivers should also take care to be extra cautious on weekends, providing motorcyclists adequate room to maneuver, and leaving a reasonable following distance when following a motorcyclist.

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