COLORADO. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Taking a cruise on your bike during these hot summer months might sound like a great idea, but did you know that Colorado motorcycle fatalities have reached historic highs in recent years?
It's motorcycle season and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says around 30 percent more bikers are on the roads in July and August. AAA Colorado has some safety tips that may help bikers.
Motorcyclists should keep their headlights and taillights on at dusk or when it's dark so they can always be seen.
Wearing a helmet can save your life, as riders who don't wear a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer from a fatal head injury in a crash and even more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Make sure you have the proper clothing on. Bright colors are best so you can be easily seen by other drivers.
Don't forget to slow down and stick to the speed limit. More than 35 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
As for cars, make sure you are being extra cautious on the road, especially during the weekend when more motorcyclists are out.
Never share a lane with a motorcyclist and if one is nearby your car, check your mirrors carefully before switching lanes. They are small and you might not even know they are in your blind spot.