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An email from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) contains a reminder to be aware of motorcyclist.
The nice fall weather and color of course brings out more motorcycles but since Nov.4 95 motorcyclist have died in crashes on Virginia roadways.
This is a 17 percent increase over the same period last year.
More motorcyclist have already died this year than all of last year which recorded 87 fatalities.
DMV offers these tips to avoid a motorcycle tragedy.
- Motorcycles or other smaller vehicles may appear farther away than they actually are, so take an extra moment to look before changing lanes, pulling into traffic, and turning at intersections.
- Avoid distracted driving. The use of a cellphone or any handheld communications device while driving is illegal in Virginia. Remember, distracted driving is impaired driving, and impaired driving is always preventable.
- Always maintain a safe following distance. Motorists and motorcyclists should practice keeping at least 3 seconds between themselves and the vehicle or motorcycle ahead.
- Safety gear such as seat belts, helmets, and protective gear should always be properly utilized whenever operating a vehicle or motorcycle.
- Use caution and slow down when riding through intersections. Failure to notice the presence of a motorcycle is one of the leading causes of vehicle and motorcycle collisions
There are other life saving tips as well as training programs for safe travels always available at dmv.NOW.ccom.
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