With motorcycle season now underway, SGI is reminding drivers to take extra care and watch for motorcycles on the roads.
“Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles, so look, then look again, to make sure it’s safe before changing lanes or turning,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Despite their small size, motorcycles are vehicles just like cars and trucks, and we all need to share the road with each other’s safety in mind.”
SGI currently has a motorcycle safety awareness campaign running across the province, sharing these simple but important reminders for both drivers and riders: watch for motorcycles, watch out for loose gravel, get trained before you ride and gear up to save your skin.
“All riders need to take a proactive approach to riding rather than being reactive. One simple thing you can do is to increase your own visibility on your motorcycle,” said Barry Muir, Supervising Chief Instructor, Motorcycle Training Program, with the Saskatchewan Safety Council. “An easy way to do this is to wear high-visibility clothing and use hand signals in addition to electronic signals. Proper lane position can also increase your visibility to the vehicles around you.”
To help them get the defensive riding skills they need to be safe on the roads, SGI encourages all riders to take an approved motorcycle training course. Drivers are reminded to look twice when making left-hand turns across traffic since there might be a bike hidden behind oncoming vehicles, especially at busy intersections where it may be difficult to immediately see a motorcyclist.
Riders are also reminded about the upcoming law changes with respect to motorcycles. Effective June 18, riders in the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program and their passengers will be required to have their arms and legs covered, wear hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots, and either an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face motorcycle helmet. In addition, MGDL riders must place a red L (for learner) or a green N (for novice) placard on their licence plate to indicate they are a new rider. Effective July 16, before getting a motorcycle learner’s licence, drivers will be required to hold a Class 5 or higher driver’s licence, and new riders will have three attempts to demonstrate their ability to operate a motorcycle through a basic ability test or successfully complete an approved training program.
For more information on these and other changes, visit SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca.
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