Roadside Chat - Do the ride thing. Share the road.
For many of us, springtime in Iowa means getting out and about. Whether you’re in a passenger vehicle, commercial truck, motorcycle, bicycle, farm implement, or simply out for a walk, we all need to be aware of other road users and safely share the space.
Here are a few key considerations.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes on the road as much as possible and use your peripheral vision to scan the area around you.
- Read and obey traffic signs and signals. Every road user is obligated to follow the same posted directions.
- If you are behind the wheel or on a motorcycle, slow down. It is more difficult to see and adjust to unexpected situations if you’re speeding.
- If you are in a vehicle, buckle up, every seat. Should you get into a crash, your chances of coming away with less severe injuries increase if you’re securely belted.
Since it is Motorcycle Safety Month, here’s a video with some great tips for sharing the road with motorcycles - https://youtu.be/Jj4NvsvI3is
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In Iowa in 2022, there have been 104 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf