Florida has great weather and roads for motorcycle enthusiasts. FDOT is committed to making roads safe and usable by all, including motorcyclists. We all need to share the road and look twice for motorcycles.
Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved crashes goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway.
The Ride Smart motorcycle is used to raise awareness for motorcycle safety at events throughout the state. The motorcycle was staged in the FDOT lobby to bring attention to motorcycle safety for both motorcyclists as well as other motorists. The Safety Office believes that being safe is a joint effort between motorists and motorcyclists and it takes both sharing the road in a responsible manner to bring the fatality numbers down.
FDOT is asking motorcyclists to ride smart and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips.
Tips for motorcyclists:
- Say no to drinking and riding.
- Make yourself more visible to motorists: Wear bright colors.
- Always wear safety gear.
- Ride in control (within legal and personal limits).
- Train regularly and get endorsed.
- Inspect the condition of your motorcycle before each ride.
Tips for drivers:
- Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
- Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. Remain extra vigilant when entering or crossing intersections.
- Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving – don’t drive distracted.
- Always drive sober.