As part of its ongoing effort to improve highway safety, PennDOT is providing school districts with brief monthly messages for inclusion in websites or in electronic newsletters. These messages will cover various safety topics from school bus safety to underage DUI to texting and driving. It is our hope that parents and students will benefit from these safety tips.
July – Motorcycle Safety *update with any new course information or courses*
1. Summer is in full gear – remember to watch for motorcycles – they are smaller vehicles and may be difficult to see. Allow more following distance and always signal your intentions before changing lanes/merging into traffic. For more safety tips on sharing the road safely, visit www.JustDrivePA.com. And, if you are a motorcycle rider, you know that car drivers don’t always see you. For your safety, consider taking a motorcycle safety course. Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program offers free courses March through October at roughly 70 locations across PA. For more information and to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com. And, check out www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com when you get a chance. The website offers great resources for riders, including rider tips, information on motorcycle gear and upkeep and popular motorcycle routes in PA. Oh, and did you know that while the use of all protective gear is always encouraged, PA law requires you to wear a helmet if you are under 21. For those over 21, Pa law requires you to wear a helmet if you have not been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least 2 years or have completed a motorcycle safety course. Additionally, all riders are required to wear eye-protective devices unless operating a motorized pedalcycle or a three-wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab. And if you are under 18 and want a motorcycle license, you must take the PAMSP training course.
2. Summer is in full swing-don’t forget to watch for motorcycles. Maintain a safe following distance and always use your turn signals. Motorcyclists can take a safety course to increase their safety while riding. For course information and locations visit www.pamsp.com. Remember that if you are under 18 and want a motorcycle license, you must take the PAMSP course. For additional rider resources visit www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com