Wilkinson Insurance Offers Driving Safety Tips During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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In 2013, three people have already died in two motorcycle wrecks in Tennessee, and local insurance agents want motorists to practice safety first.

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The majority of car-motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.

Spring is in the air and the weather has been getting increasingly warmer. This can only mean one thing: motorcycle enthusiasts are taking the covers off of their bikes and heading out on their first rides of the season. For motorists on the roads, this means safety is more important than ever before. So far this year in Tennessee, three people have died in motorcycle related wrecks, according to the Transportation Department.

Drivers and motorcycle riders both can develop safe driving habits to save lives. With May being Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the local agents at Wilkinson Insurance feel that there is no better time than now to educate drivers on the dangers that can be associated with poor driving on the road with bikers. Preventing injuries and deaths as a result of motorists is imperative – and everyone’s safety on the road is a top priority.

Motorcyclists can take courses throughout Tennessee to learn defensive and safe driving tactics; however, for motorists with more than two wheels, it is important to pay attention and practice safety.

Consider these tips when driving in the presence of a rider:

  •     The majority of car-motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. This means that when making left turns, it is imperative for motorists to look for traffic – as well as bikers. Vehicles turning in front of motorcycles are the number one cause of fatal accidents.
  • Leave as much space for riders as possible. Often, they will swerve within their lane to avoid oil spots, potholes or debris. This is okay. If you want to pass a rider, be sure to leave enough room and do so safely.
  • To that note, keep your following distance doubled compared to driving behind another car. Remember, motorcycle riders are completely exposed and when rear-ended, the physical damage can be much more devastating.

If a motorist does find himself colliding with a motorcycle rider, the best thing to do is be sure the rider is safe and conscious. As long as you are not injured or unable to get out of your vehicle, the first thing to do is check on the rider and then, call police. Once that is taken care of, you will want to file a claim with your auto insurance agency and wait for the authorities to arrive. If the rider is hurt, be sure to alert the 9-1-1 operator as well.

About Wilkinson Insurance:

For more than 50 years, Wilkinson Insurance has been helping Tennessee and Kentucky residents with all of their insurance needs. A third generation, family-owned agency, their mission is to serve their clients with the same expectations that they would want met. Their commitment to raising the standards and staying abreast of any changes in the industry is what sets them apart. They strive to always stay informed and to be a resource for Tennessee and Kentucky residents. At Wilkinson Insurance, residents can get help deciding the type of policy that is right for them, obtaining it, and maintaining a protected lifestyle. Residents and business owners alike can call the agency at 888-235-9656, fill out an online quote form, or stop by the White House, TN office today!

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