May is motorcycle safety awareness month

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As a business being devoted to what’s best for your vehicle, Jiffy Lube in Southern California also cares about the safety of its passengers, and this is why we want to put the focus on May being motorcycle safety awareness month. During this time, all drivers should be reminded to share the road; cars, buses, trucks and motorcyclists alike. Motorcyclists should also keep in mind to wear an approved helmet, colorful clothing and to obey traffic rules.

The website Traffic Safety Marketing provides interesting information as part of this campaign; based on “per vehicle mile traveled” (VMT) in 2009, motorcyclists were 25 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 5 times more likely to be injured.

Here are a couple of things to consider as a motorist:

  • Motorcycle riders have the same rights as other vehicles on the road.
  • Allow a motorcyclist the use of the full lane width, and give them space to maneuver in a safe manner.
  • Check side mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, as motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and can be harder to spot.
  • Allow for more distance when driving behind a motorcycle to give the driver more room to stop if needed.

Regardless of what month it may be, it is always a good idea to be more aware of motorcycles on the roads. By changing driving habits, both of motorcyclists and other motorists alike, the number of motorcycle fatalities can decrease. Jiffy Lube encourages everyone to do their part to increase the overall safety while driving. By stopping by any of our Southern California oil change locations, we can help by ensuring that your vehicle is on top of things. Among other things, we perform inspections & emissions to make sure the vehicle meets state and local safety and/or emission standards. If planning on coming by, make sure to print out an oil change coupon and get an oil change done while here.

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