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April 3, 2014

Editorial: Spring means extra alert for motorcycles

Sporadic bouts of snow, rain and sun have kept most of us indoors the past few weeks.

Now, weather forecasters tell us of better, warmer days, the kind where we can roll down the car windows, open the sunroof or hop on a motorcycle.

But it’s that time of season for other motorists to be alert to all those folks who want to take in the fresh air. For helpful tips, turn to the Indiana State Police.

Drivers of passenger vehicles should:

• Watch closely for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before pulling into traffic. Use turn signals when changing lanes.

• Anticipate hazards like large potholes, debris on the street, or poor road conditions. Remember to allow at least two seconds of following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.

• Be cautious when turning left. This is a primary cause of crashes between vehicles and motorcycles.

• And perhaps the tip we forget — until seeing motorcycles on the street: Share the road, motorcyclists are entitled to operate in a full lane.

Motorcycle riders, too, need to wear protective equipment, especially a helmet with a face shield. If only they knew what car drivers were saying when a helmet-less motorcycle rider roars down the street.

Much of these tips are common sense.

But too often, drivers of cars and trucks forget that they have to keep both eyes looking for two-wheeled vehicles when spring arrives. Motorcycle riders want to enjoy the fresh air and new season. Let’s make it enjoyable for everyone.

In summary Many times car and truck drivers don't think about motorcycles until they are right next to them. Be alert to a different set of wheels on the streets.

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