EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Last year 562 riders lost their lives and 2,422 were seriously injured in crashes. Before you ride, make sure to take the time to get accustomed to the feel of a new or unfamiliar motorcycle by riding it in a controlled area. Be sure to check your motorcycle’s tire pressure, brakes, headlights, and signal indicators, before you ride.
Ride with the flow of traffic and leave plenty of room between your bike and other vehicles.
Drivers oftentimes simply don’t see the motorcycle or misjudge its distance and speed in their mirrors. As you drive through intersections it's important to pay extra attention as nearly one in three motorcycle fatalities happens at a roadway intersection. Give motorcycles room when passing and give driving your full attention. Even a slight distraction, like answering your phone or changing the radio station, can be deadly.
If you're ever in a serious motorcycle crash, the best hope you have for protecting your brain is a motorcycle helmet.