Riders give tips on staying safe on motorcycles

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– This is the time of year when many motorcycles are out on the roads and sometimes it can have dangerous results. As was the case this past week along I-84 in West Hartford.

It’s a scene that happens all too often, vehicles and motorcycles colliding with one another. Just last Thursday a 43-year-old New Hampshire woman was killed along I-84 in West Hartford while riding on a bike.

“You always have in the back of your mind this stuff could happen but when it actually happens, and I was lying there, it is surreal,” said John Salce, Prospect.

John Salce and Wendy Faulkner know how quickly the unexpected can happen. Three years ago they were in a serious crash. They were riding their motorcycle on vacation when the driver of a car crashed right into them.

“One minute you’re on the bike going to dinner and BAM, the next thing we are in an ambulance,” said Faulkner.

So how can you keep yourself safe on a motorcycle?

Members of the West Conn. Harley owner’s group have some advice. First and foremost, be aware of your surroundings.

“You have to take that all in while you’re riding. You have to glance and see if there are any vehicles moving in your path,” said Robert Ranger, Safety Officer at West Conn. Hog.

It goes without saying, a helmet and safety gear can be the difference between life and death.  And if you’re hitting the open road remember, safety in numbers.

“The more bikes you have, the more visible you are. You ride alone people don’t see. You ride with 2, 3 4 motorcycles, they notice you,” said Ranger.

We know there are things you need to keep in mind when riding a motorcycle, but if you’re driving a vehicle you also need to be paying close attention when everyone is sharing the road.  Motorcycle riders tells News 8 a major safety concern is that drivers don’t see them.

“You heard that all the time, I didn’t see them. I never saw them saw her. I believe they may have seen you but it didn’t register because of the size,” said Brian Thibodeau, Road Captain, West Conn. Hog.

“They just don’t see us. They are not looking for a motorcycle they are looking for a car,” said Faulkner.

Also, be sure to keep enough distance between you and a motorcycle while driving.

“They think they can stop in time but if this guy on the motorcycle stops the driver is going to run over them,” said Ranger.

And no matter what mode of transportation you’re in, remember one thing.

“The rules of the road are the same whether you’re riding in a car, truck, or motorcycle,” said Thibodeau.

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