Delmarva Bike Week is the perfect time of year to refresh your knowledge on motorcycle safety. Whether you’re on a bike or in a car, there are important steps you can take to ensure the roads remain safe for everyone.
“The Delaware Office of Highway Safety wants to remind Delaware motorists and motorcyclists to see and be seen during this time when we expect to see higher volumes of motorcyclists in the area,” says Sharon Bryson, Director of the Delaware OHS. “Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users and being responsible, properly equipped and following the posted speed limits can help reduce the number of rider deaths and injuries. Motorists, please remember to share the road and take the time to look twice for motorcyclists and potentially save a life.”
As part of the First State’s effort to improve motorcycle safety, a new law went into effect on September 1, improving helmet regulations for less experienced bikers. Delaware already required anyone under the age of 19 to wear a helmet and eye protection while on a motorcycle. The new law also requires all new riders to wear a helmet and eye protection during the first two years of their motorcycle license endorsement, regardless of age.
Along with the Delaware OHS, the Delaware State Police and Division of Motor Vehicles are also involved in initiatives to improve safety for motorcyclists on Delaware roads.
“Numerous agencies are joining forces to help reduce the number of fatalities on our roadways,” says Amy Anthony, Director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. “SB 86 helps protect our new riders. Our motorcycle safety courses provide education and training for riders of all skill levels, but we need you to do your part. Whether you’re in a car, truck or on a motorcycle, slow down, pay attention and don’t drive impaired. It’s just not worth the potential loss of life.”
Motorcycle Safety Tips for Drivers and Riders:
- Always drive and ride alcohol- and drug-free.
- Obey the traffic laws and speed limits to help reduce the severity in the event of a crash.
- Drive and ride defensively. Scan the whole road and always be aware of your surroundings.
- Lean forward in your seat and take the time to look twice when at a stop. Motorcycles are more difficult to judge speed and distance due to their smaller size.
- Avoid distractions that place motorcyclists and other road users at risk.
- Wear the right gear! High-visibility eye protection and a safe, correctly-fitted helmet are often the difference between life and death. Learn how to identify a safe, DOT-compliant helmet.
- It is important for motorcyclists to have a legal endorsement and take advantage of training opportunities. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers multiple motorcycle training courses for all riders – novice, experienced and advanced. Explore Driving Courses offered in Delaware and find the right course and location for you.