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Motorcycle & Scooter Safety Tips

Do the ‘ride thing’

  • Wearing a helmet, while riding a motorcycle or scooter, is required by law.
  • The non-profit Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) recommends new riders take an approved safety course. To find one near you and preview what you’ll learn, click on the MSF link on this page.
  • Do not carry a passenger, unless the vehicle is designed to carry two people.
  • Make sure that all required safety equipment (headlights, brake lights, brakes, mirrors, etc.) are in the proper working condition.
  • Obey all traffic laws - i.e. stop signs, right of way and avoid lane sharing.
  • Avoid oil spills and wet roadways; these obstacles can cause the driver to lose control of the motorcycle or scooter.
  • Don't let unlicensed or inexperienced drivers operate your motorcycle or motor scooter.
  • Watch out for cars and trucks making sudden lane changes or turns.
  • It is recommended that you drive with your headlights on (better chance of being seen by drivers of cars and trucks).
  • Wait for pedestrians to clear cross-walks; don't try to drive around them.
  • Look to make sure the lane is clear before changing lanes.
  • Obey all speed laws; travel at a safe speed.
  • Be alert for opening car doors.
  • Don't carry oversized loads on motorcycles or scooters.
  • Wear appropriate clothing when riding a motorcycle or scooter (i.e. pants, shoes, heavy jacket, etc.).
  • Maintain a good distance between you and the cars around you.
  • Most important of all: Do not drink and drive.