Monday, June 18, 2018 is International Ride to Work Day. This is a day to recognize fellow travelers who use motorcycles and scooters instead of cars and trucks to get where they need to go. Every Illinois motorcycle lawyer knows just how important it is for motorcyclists to be recognized and respected on the road. They also know what can happen if that respect is nonexistent, or if drivers are careless. International Ride to Work Day raises awareness, and educates about the joys of riding motorcycles.
But, why ride motorcycles, anyway?
More Motorcycles on the Road Can Benefit Everyone
If motorcycles and/or scooters replaced just 10% of automobiles and trucks, traffic congestion would drop significantly. One Belgian study conducted in 2012 showed that that 10% replacement would equal a 40% drop in congestion. A 25% reduction (instead of 10%) could eliminate congestion entirely in many areas, and greatly reduce it in others.
Parking difficulties would ease, too. Parking space could increase by as much as 20% with a 10% switch from vehicles to motorcycles.
Fuel costs could also go down. Motorcycles can be more than 25% more fuel efficient than vehicles that carry one or two passengers.
Riding Motorcycles is Good Exercise
Riding a motorcycle:
- Improves core stability, strength- Maybe you have heard fitness experts tout the importance of your “core.” Strengthening your core can do everything from giving you better posture and toning important muscles to taking pressure off of your back. Riding a motorcycle either as a passenger or driver utilizes these most important muscles every second you ride.
- Improves neck strength- Weak neck muscles can cause pain, headaches, or worse. Having to keep your head up utilizes and strengthens those muscles continuously.
- Strengthens knees and thighs- Somewhat like horse riding, straddling a motorcycle and having to stay on during the course of a ride utilizes those muscles, too.
Motorists Must Respectfully Share the Road with Motorcyclists
Perhaps the biggest reason for Ride to Work Day: Learning to pay attention to your fellow two-wheeled motorists on the road. 162 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2017 in the state of Illinois. To that end, Gov. Bruce Rauner has urged people to start seeing motorcyclists and giving them appropriate respect and space on the road.
It is your duty as a motorist to both be aware of and to give proper respect and space to motorcycles on the road. In fact, many accidents that involve vehicles and motorcycles are actually the fault of the vehicle’s driver, not the motorcyclist.
Share the Road
Here is what you should know to make sure that you can help keep motorcyclists safe:
- Check your blind spots
This is often the number one reason for car-motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, and they can be difficult to see as your merging or changing lanes. Take several seconds to look at your car’s blind spots before you make your move. Make sure that you set your side and rear-view mirrors properly to give you the best visibility possible. While an Illinois motorcycle lawyer can certainly assist a motorcycle victim who has suffered injury in an accident, avoid responsibility for that and be careful.
- Pass carefully
It is legal to pass a motorcycle just as you would a car as long as it is safe. However, go several lengths ahead of a motorcyclist before you return to your lane, since the gusts of wind caused by your passing can cause a motorcyclist to become unstable.
- Be aware that motorcycles can have quicker reactions than cars
Stay well behind motorcyclist when you are following them, since rear ending a motorcycle can be fatal to the driver and passenger.
- Be even more cautious during bad weather and at night
Follow motorcyclists in slippery conditions or at night at an even greater distance than you would normally. Turn off your high beams when you approach a motorcycle and do not pass one at night.
- Do not try to “share” a lane side-by-side with a motorcyclist
It is never legal for a motorcycle and car or truck to share a lane.
Have You Been the Victim in a Motorcycle Accident? An Illinois Motorcycle Lawyer Can Help
Our Illinois motorcycle lawyer knows that you can be injured through no fault of your own. Call Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for help at 844-977-1900 any time, or visit us online for a LiveChat. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, but we are available 24/7 to take your call. We offer free consults, and there is no fee unless you win. So don’t wait any longer. You have nothing to lose. Call now!