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Motorcycle Safety Tips for Drivers and Bikers

Motorcycle-Safety.JPGAs the weather gets warmer, chances are that drivers will again begin to hear that familiar ‘zoom’ from behind them or beside them on the road. Motorcycle season is here. Unfortunately, that means that the seasons for motorcycle accidents are here, too.

“While all motor accidents have the potential to be unsafe, those that involve motorcycles are especially dangerous,” explains Kerry Larkin, Trauma Program Manager at Paoli Hospital, the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation.  “As a driver or a cyclist, it’s important to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others on the road especially just after dusk or early evening.”

Below, Larkin offers safety tips for motorcylists and drivers to avoid dangerous, and potentially deadly, accidents this summer.

If you’re a motorcyclist…

Before you break out your bike after a long winter, make sure you do a tune-up on your bike. Following these safety precautions before you go for a ride could prevent an accident later on.
  • Test your lights, brakes, and turn signals
  • Check oil and fuel levels
  • Check to make sure cables aren’t worn or frayed
  • Make sure mirrors are positioned correctly
When you’re ready to take your motorcycle out for its first ride of the season, don’t forget to follow the same rules you would if you were driving a car. Use your turn signal, stick to the speed limit, and be respectful of other drivers. Give those in a car a little more time to see you coming. Finally, make sure that you and your passengers are wearing helmets and protective shoes/clothes. These can save your life in the event of an accident.

If you’re a driver…
Even if you’re not excited about sharing the road with motorcycles, the simple truth is that you don’t have much of a choice, especially in warmer months. Follow these rules to avoid an accident:
  • Look for motorcyclists: check blind spots and mirrors
  • Use your turn signals
  • Allow more following distance if you are driving behind a motorcycle
  • Be more vigilant when making turns especially at dusk or early evening
Should an accident occur, remember that Paoli Hospital is the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation. For more information on Paoli's emergency department and trauma program, visit our website.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 5/10/2013 9:45:34 AM
Read more articles about: Paoli_Hospital, Trauma, Emergency_Department

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Drivers and Bikers

Motorcycle-Safety.JPGAs the weather gets warmer, chances are that drivers will again begin to hear that familiar ‘zoom’ from behind them or beside them on the road. Motorcycle season is here. Unfortunately, that means that the seasons for motorcycle accidents are here, too.

“While all motor accidents have the potential to be unsafe, those that involve motorcycles are especially dangerous,” explains Kerry Larkin, Trauma Program Manager at Paoli Hospital, the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation.  “As a driver or a cyclist, it’s important to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others on the road especially just after dusk or early evening.”

Below, Larkin offers safety tips for motorcylists and drivers to avoid dangerous, and potentially deadly, accidents this summer.

If you’re a motorcyclist…

Before you break out your bike after a long winter, make sure you do a tune-up on your bike. Following these safety precautions before you go for a ride could prevent an accident later on.
  • Test your lights, brakes, and turn signals
  • Check oil and fuel levels
  • Check to make sure cables aren’t worn or frayed
  • Make sure mirrors are positioned correctly
When you’re ready to take your motorcycle out for its first ride of the season, don’t forget to follow the same rules you would if you were driving a car. Use your turn signal, stick to the speed limit, and be respectful of other drivers. Give those in a car a little more time to see you coming. Finally, make sure that you and your passengers are wearing helmets and protective shoes/clothes. These can save your life in the event of an accident.

If you’re a driver…
Even if you’re not excited about sharing the road with motorcycles, the simple truth is that you don’t have much of a choice, especially in warmer months. Follow these rules to avoid an accident:
  • Look for motorcyclists: check blind spots and mirrors
  • Use your turn signals
  • Allow more following distance if you are driving behind a motorcycle
  • Be more vigilant when making turns especially at dusk or early evening
Should an accident occur, remember that Paoli Hospital is the only hospital in Chester County with a trauma center accreditation. For more information on Paoli's emergency department and trauma program, visit our website.
 
Posted by Main Line Health on 5/10/2013 9:45:34 AM
Read more articles about: Paoli_Hospital, Trauma, Emergency_Department
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