On recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Iowa DOT reminds motorists and motorcyclists alike to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent motorcycle crashes which remain one of the most prevalent causes of death and injury on Iowa highways.
The safety campaign stresses the mutual responsibilities shared by all users of the road to prevent motorcycle crashes.
Tips for drivers:
Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle
Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane
Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic and at intersections
Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling
Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle
Never drive distracted

Tips for motorcyclists:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet
Using turn signals for every turn or lane change
Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw the attention of other drivers
Wear bright colored protective gear, and use reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity
Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers
Never ride while impaired