How to safely ride a motorcycle

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With the recent death of a motorcycle passenger on Interstate 84 in Southington and another fatality on Route 25 in Bridgeport, here are some precautions to take while operating a motorcycle, from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

  • Be visible: remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time. Wear reflective clothing, flash your brakelight when slowing or stopping and keep your headlight on all the time.
  • Dress safely: wear a bright-colored helmet and eye protection; thick, protective clothing; long sleeves and long pants; gloves; and over-the-ankle boots.
  • Look out: be aware of your surroundings at all times, leave space between you and traffic; avoid weaving; signal your moves in advance; don’t speed; and signal your moves in advance.
  • Know your bike: get formal training and practice driving before you get into traffic. Learn to handle the motorcycle on all sorts of road conditions.

In a fatal accident about a week ago, state police said a man was speeding on his motorcycle and tried to pass a pick-up truck by using the breakdown lane. He hit the car and was ejected. In the last fatal crash, on Interstate 84 on Thursday, a motorcyclist and a car collided and the motorcycle fell onto its side. The passenger died after she was hit by a car. No charges have been filed in either case.


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