May is motorcycle safety month: AST shares some tips

Lt. Brian Wassmann talks about motorcycle safety. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
Lt. Brian Wassmann talks about motorcycle safety. (John Dougherty/KTVF)(KTVF)
Published: May. 19, 2020 at 5:19 PM AKDT
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May is Motorcycle Safety Month. As many Alaskans take their bikes out after a long winter, Alaska State Troopers (AST) want to remind everyone that motorcycles can be dangerous and extra precautions are needed.

AST Lieutenant, Brian Wassmann, says that the three main things to remember are visibility, defensive driving, and protective gear.

For protective gear, he recommends leather or other motorcycle specific clothing... and he suggests always wearing a helmet.

Wassmann also said that visibility is a big issue because drivers often do not see motorcycles. He said being aware of this is an important step to staying safe.

"Motorcycles are harder to see then cars and trucks on the roadway so drivers need to be aware of that and practice defensive driving, and just be safe out there knowing that other drivers might not see them as well, so reflective gear is helpful," Wassmann said.

Wassmann also said that there might be times motorcycle riders need to let someone else go, even if they have the right-of-way.

More information about motorcycle safety can be found on the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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