Nebraska recorded its very first-ever January motorcycle death during 2012. Rose White, at AAA Nebraska, says this year’s tally is even worse.
“Tragically, just during the past three weeks, three motorcyclists have lost their lives in crashes on our roadways, setting a new all-time high death toll for the month of January,” White says.
Motorists may not be expecting to see a motorcyclist during the winter, so White is urging all Nebraskans to drive with extra caution.
“We are urging all drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists in the traffic mix,” White says. “Before attempting to make a left turn, train your mind and your eyes to always look for motorcycles approaching from the opposite direction.”
If you’re preparing to change lanes, White says to always use your turn signals, check mirrors specifically looking for motorcyclists, and turn your head to check your blind spot where a motorcycle may be hidden.
New motorcyclists are encouraged to take a rider training course and wear bright, reflective clothing. Experienced riders may consider an advanced course to refresh their defensive driving skills.
Learn more at: www.roads.nebraska.gov/nohs