Motorcycle Safety: Live to Ride Again
Take every precaution to protect yourself
Motorcycle fatalities in Iowa are on the rise. We can reverse these grim statistics by encouraging every motorcyclist on the road to follow a few simple, but highly effective safety practices. For starters, always wear a helmet and high-visibility clothing. Ride smart, so you will live to ride again.
Are you ready to ride?
You aren’t ready ... If you don’t have the gear. The way it feels to ride — moving so fast, so close to the road — is like nothing else. But because we move so fast and so close to the road, it’s a bright idea to put something between our skin and the street. And not just anything. The right things, from the ground up.
Boots – Non-slip soles to keep your feet where you put them.
Pants and Jacket – Before you fire up your bike, cover up your skin.
Gloves – Riding gloves help you hang on with more control.
Helmet – At any speed, a helmeted rider is three times more likely to survive a crash.
Ride Bright: Make high-visibility choices in your gear, on your bike and in how you ride.
Did You Know?
In many cases, judging speed and distance of on-coming motorcycles is difficult. Misjudging these often have deadly results. Watching for motorcycles, sharing the road and clearing blind spots are key to minimizing motorcycle vs car crashes.
In 2018, 31% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding, more than drivers of any other vehicle type.1
Motorcyclist fatalities in urban areas increased by 33% since 2009.1
29% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2017 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.1
Of Iowa’s 43 motorcycle fatalities in 2019, 79% were not wearing a helmet.2
1Natonal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
2Iowa Department of Transportation