State Driver Services Says “Share the Road” for Spring Break!

March 30, 2018

It is time for schools in Georgia to celebrate spring break, and that means that many people are planning road trips. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and its Georgia Motorcycle Program (GMSP) are partnering with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind vehicle drivers to “Share the Road” during the busy spring months. The awareness campaign aims to educate vehicle drivers and motorcyclists on how each driver can be more aware of their surroundings, creating safer roads and saving lives in the process.

“As the weather begins to warm, we’ll start to see more motorcyclists out on our roads, and we want to make sure other motorists see them, too,” said Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “It can be easy to overlook motorcycles due to their smaller size. For this reason, it’s even more vital we put forth extra effort in keeping watch. We encourage all motorists to remember to share the road.”

Commissioner Moore also offered general tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:

  • Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has the same rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Always allow more follow distance—three to four seconds—when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

As warmer weather approaches, always remember to share the road with motorcyclists and vehicle drivers alike. Please visit the DDS website at dds.georgia.gov for many online services including the convenience of enrolling in a GMSP training class and accessing many licensing services. 

 

About the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to regulating rider education programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. For more information visit www.dds.georgia.gov/motorcycle.