May is Bike Safety Month!

Warmer weather means more kids and families on bikes. Take the time to talk to your children about safe bike riding and teach them the hand signals for turns.

Following a few simple rules keeps everyone safer on our roads:

  • Always wear a safety helmet.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes so you can be seen.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars.
  • Look all ways for traffic at stop signs before riding into the street.
  • Obey traffic signs and lights – bikes are vehicles too!
  • Ride on the right side of the street (move in the same direction as the cars)
  • One seat = One rider
  • When riding with others, ride in a single line
  • Always use hand signals when stopping or turning.

For more great bike safety information, click here.   

Bike hand signals

May is for Motorcycles!

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month! While motorcycles only make up 3% of the vehicles on our roads, motorcyclists accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. 

All drivers – of cars, trucks and motorcycles – have a responsibility for safety. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when motorcycles and other vehicles collide, its usually the non-motorcyclist’s fault. Distracted driving is a major factor, but obstructed views, the size of the vehicles, and lack of awareness all contribute.

As a motorcyclist, you can follow a few smart safety tips as you cruise our roads this spring and summer:

  • Wear a helmet, whether your state law requires or not.
  • If you’re new to motorcycles, take a safe driving course.
  • Stay alert for potholes, loose gravel, and other road hazards that can affect your ride.
  • Never drive between cars, ride the shoulder, or weave in and out of traffic.  You can’t be seen when you’re not in the center of the lane.
  • Never drink and drive. 37% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2016 were impaired by alcohol.
  • Ride with your lights on and wear bright colored clothing to increase your visibility.

Remember, AAA offers motorcycle service for just $30 per year. If you break down and need roadside help, pull as far as possible off the roadway.  Call AAA and explain your situation, then wait with your vehicle off the road until help arrives. For more information on our motorcycle coverage, click here.


State Helmet Requirements for Motorcyclists 

senior driving

Safe Driving at Any Age

Did You Know?

More than 80% of older drivers don’t talk to family or their physicians about their safe driving ability.

More than 90% of seniors don’t make vehicle adjustments that can improve safety and their ability to drive longer.

AAA wants to keep people on the road – safely – as long as possible.  
Check out our resources for older drivers and their families:

    Tons of information to help you evaluate your driving ability, understand the mind and body changes that naturally come with aging, improve your driving skills, and maintain your independence.     
  • Roadwise RX 
    Medication and driving can be a risky combination.  And, with eight out of 10 seniors taking medications, understanding their effects is critical. AAA has developed an online tool that explains side effects, details how prescription and over-the-counter medications interact and provides personalized feedback on how safety behind the wheel might be impacted. 
  • Defensive Driving Classes 
    We offer online and in-class defensive driving classes, and some are free! Refresh your driving skills, learn strategies to drive longer and gain techniques to compensate for age-related changes. Best of all, completion of the course may entitle you to an insurance discount or reduced points on your license.  
  • Key Timing 
    This online video provides step-by-step help for families and caregivers in assessing safety issues and determining how to help the senior driver with age-related changes.