Driving through South Fort Myers last week, I saw what looked like a convention of state troopers. Several police vehicles, all with lights flashing, were pulled off to the side of the road and the officers who drove those vehicles stood by, looking at the on-ramp to I-75. There, in the middle of the ramp was a motorcycle, on its side. Parts of the bike littered the ramp. By the time I drove by, the driver had already been airlifted to the hospital. The weather was clear that afternoon none of the non-stop rain we’ve been plagued with these past several months. There were no other vehicles involved. Somehow, for reasons unknown, the driver of that bike had lost control of his motorcyle, leading to a serious injury. While news reports on this motorcycle accident have been sketchy at best; at least two other motorcyclists lost their lives in accidents over the past few weeks. If you ride a motorcycle, there are precautions you can take to make the ride safer.

Follow simple road rules to avoid motorcycle crashes:

  1. Please always wear a helmet. The protection against head injuries (one of the leading causes of death in motorcycle accidents) is priceless.
  2. Ride as though you are invisible because to many drivers you are. Make sure to give yourself plenty of room to navigate, just in case you need to move quickly in one direction or another.
  3. Make sure that your bike is properly equipped and well maintained.
  4. Obey all traffic laws. Don’t speed or weave through traffic.

Driving responsibly can make the difference between life and death when you are riding a motorcycle.