Posts Tagged ‘Motorcycle Safety Foundation’

Attention Car Drivers — READ THIS

May 7, 2009

Cell phones. Applying make-up. Texting. Reading. Reading and texting. Eating giant hoagies while talking on the phone. Shaving. Going through spreadsheets. Is there anything a car driver can’t do while driving? Oh yeah, pay attention. I’ve seen all of the above while cruising down the freeway and it makes me insane.

According to the February 2008 issue of Brain Research, even if a driver is using a hands-free cell phone, there’s a 37 percent drop in activity in the region of the brain used for navigation (Thanks MSF for that tidbit.)

With May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, I’d like to share these tips for drivers from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Yes, I know there are some ayehole motorcyclists out there, but the majority of us aren’t. And most of us have families and jobs and lives that we’re pretty fond of and we don’t want to end up the losers in an “Oh my god, I didn’t see him,” situation.

1. Look for Motorcyclists – Use your eyes and mirrors to see what’s around, and check the blind spots when you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections. Look, and look again.
2. Focus on Driving – Hang up the phone, put down the MP3 player, settle the passengers, and drive. And NO texting.
3. Use Your Turn Signals – Signal your intentions for everyone’s safety.
4. Give Two-Wheelers Some Room – Don’t tailgate or pass too closely.
5. Take Your Time – Nothing is as important as the safety of your loved ones, yourself, and the others with whom you share the road.

Now that you’ve read those tips and committed them to memory, here are 10 things all drivers (more…)