Driving Safety Home: It's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Driving Safety Home: It's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 1, 2019

By Dallas Hammit / ADOT State Engineer

Did you know that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?

While all of us should remember to share the road year-round, I hope that you’ll use this month to reflect on your driving habits and resolve to be more aware of other motorists, whether they’re driving a vehicle with two wheels or four.

In case you need a refresher, here are some good safety tips:

For all road users

  • Remember: A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
  • Give a motorcyclist a full lane width to maneuver safely.
  • Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see, so keep an eye out.
  • Allow more distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle. This gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

For motorcyclists

  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Wear a helmet and use reflective tape and gear to be more visible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016.
  • Never ride while impaired or distracted – it is not worth the risk of killing or injuring yourself or someone else.
  • When it comes to riding a motorcycle, training and safety gear are critical. ADOT encourages all riders to take a state-authorized training course.

    Editor's Note: More safety messages from Dallas Hammit, ADOT's state engineer and deputy director for transportation, are available at Driving Safety Home on