Last month, for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our team spent some time talking about how drivers are quick to blame other drivers but not so quick the recognize their own distracted driving behaviors. With May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coming so soon after the national distracted-driving campaign, we thought it would be a good time to talk specifically about how distracted driving affects riders in South Dakota—and what motorcyclists can also do to avoid distracted-driving accidents.
Just like anyone else who operates a motor vehicle, motorcyclists should make their focus on the road the priority. While riding a motorcycle naturally takes a degree of focus, it’s important not only to watch the road in front of you, but also watch what the drivers around you are doing. Getting distracted by anything for a few moments could be the cause of a serious accident, so turn off your phone, pay attention, and focus on the task at hand.
No matter how safe you are when you operate a motorcycle, there is always the risk that other drivers aren’t paying attention. Because motorcycles are already smaller and sometimes more difficult for drivers to see, a distracted driver adds another layer of extreme risk, even for riders who follow every rule and use appropriate safety gear. Although it should be the responsibility of the driver, motorcyclists are encouraged to take extra precaution to account for the bad behavior of other drivers.
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