Motorcycles on the road again

It’s early in the season, but police are urging motorists to be aware and watch for motorcyclists on the roads.

It’s early in the season, but police are urging motorists to be aware and watch for motorcyclists on the roads.

Two recent motorcycle collisions in the Central Okanagan have already darkened the start of this year’s motorcycle season.

Motorcyclists are cautioned to drive defensively and obey the traffic laws. There are more hazards on the roads to motorcyclists in the early season considering that the winter wear and dirt remains, affecting your ability to stop or turn.

Other motorists have also not yet acclimatized to the presence of motorcycles on the roadway.

Proper training and equipment is strongly encouraged, but wearing your helmet is the law and may well save your life.

Studies have shown that wearing a proper helmet can increase your chance of surviving a crash and reduce the risk of serious head injuries.  Novelty beanie helmets are just that, novelties. They provide “NO” protection and should never be worn in lieu of a DOT or Snell approved helmet.

If you are involved in a collision when riding a motorcycle, the reality is you may not get a second chance. Drive safe!