It took awhile, but it seems summer has finally arrived - and the hot weather is driving motorcyclists onto their bikes.
If you're one of the folks who enjoys getting around on two wheels instead of four, you need to know that some of the rules have changed - but the number one rule - stay alive - remains in full force.
And as head injuries are a major hazard for those who ride atop their vehicles, instead of inside them, provincial regulations have been upgraded this summer, to ensure motorcycle drivers and their passengers are wearing approved headgear.
All motorcyclists and passengers in B.C. must wear a motorcycle helmet that displays the proper industry safety certification label.
Helmets must comply with standards outlined by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Snell Memorial Foundation 2005 or 2010, or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).
Riders found violating the new helmet laws will receive a $138 fine. New seating laws have also been put into place to protect both passengers and riders.
That's not to mention the higher risks they face of injury and death, if they don't comply.
However, about two thirds of crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles are the fault of the other vehicles.
So it's important for those who drive the "other vehicles" to pay attention. Check your mirrors frequently and watch out for your smaller companions on the road, especially at intersections.
It can be more difficult to judge a motorcyclist's speed and distance than those of another car - a factor that's particularly important when turning left through an intersection or onto a side road.
All the usual rules apply. Basically, try to keep from running into each other.
And try a bit of courtesy out there. Acknowledging other drivers with a wave or eye contact isn't just being nice - it can save a life.
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