May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month


The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. With the motorcycle-riding season upon us, here are some suggestions from Mary Frew of Kishwaukee Valley ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) of Illinois. When was the last time you saw someone on a motorcycle riding down the road? Did it startle you a little bit when you noticed him/her? Statistics show that more than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a car or truck driver who said they just didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late.

Motorcycle sales have more than doubled in the last 10 years. That means the likelihood of someone you know riding a motorcycle has more than doubled, too. And that rider isn’t just a statistic; he/she is one of your neighbors, and is someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, sister or brother.

Take time to look twice before changing lanes or turning across other lanes of traffic. Motorcycles can stop much faster than larger vehicles, so don’t follow too closely. Keep in mind that motorcyclists ride to one side of the lane to avoid the slick oil build-up in the middle. Above all, please be aware… motorcycles are everywhere!

One of the primary responsibilities of all drivers is to share the road with all types of vehicles. That is why ABATE of Illinois has developed a program that reaches tens of thousands of drivers each year about motorcycle awareness. In fact, they’ve taught more than 100,000 participants statewide in the last three years alone. The ABATE of Illinois Motorcycle Awareness Program was originally developed with the new and inexperienced driver in mind. However, it has recently been expanded to include adult drivers as well. For more information about the ABATE of Illinois Motorcycle Awareness Program or to schedule a presentation for your organization, please call 1-800-87ABATE.

Our local Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of ABATE has taught approximately 300 people about motorcycle awareness this year, at various local schools. We are doing our best to help ensure our safety on the roads, so please do your part and watch for us when you’re driving your car or truck. Help all of us have a safe motorcycle-riding season. Look twice and save a life!

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