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June 19 Is Ride To Work Day. Here’s What You Need To Know.

Happy International Ride to Work Day! June 19 celebrates the open road and all things on two wheels. Summertime is the perfect time of year to enjoy a ride, but it’s also the busiest time of year on the roads.

Stay safe while traveling today and throughout the summer with these tips for motorists of all types.

Gear Up

North Carolina law requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear a safety helmet. To protect skin from the elements and possible injury, motorcyclists should wear thick clothing that covers all exposed skin. Leather and other durable materials make excellent riding gear, as well as heavy boots and gloves. Wear a light-colored helmet and bright clothing for clear visibility to other drivers. And remember – the only protection between you and the road is your gear!

Ride Smart

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes the SEE method—Search, Evaluate, Execute. Be on high alert, and make it a habit to scan the road for possible hazards. All drivers should maintain a safe time and distance away from all vehicles on the road.

Be Visible

Don’t assume a driver can see you. This means wear brightly colored clothing and use your turn signal. Stay out of other motorists’ blind spots. Keep in mind that motorists often have trouble seeing and reacting to motorcyclists in time.

Hang Up

This applies to all motorists: put your phone away! Using your phone while driving quadruples your chance of an accident, according to the National Safety Council. Set your playlist before you set out on the road and refuse to answer phone calls or respond to text messages. Those few seconds you spend looking at a screen can all it takes to commit a fatal error.

Always Signal

Motorists who are sharing the road with motorcycles should use the turn signal sooner than they think they should. Not only do turning signals tell fellow motorists of your intentions, they also make the vehicle more visible. Motorcyclists should make sure to turn their turn signal off once they have completed the turn.

The easiest way to prevent injury is to drive defensively without distractions and to stay vigilant. Should you or someone you know experience a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to secure just compensation and legal action.

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