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Ways to Keep You Safe for Two and Four Wheel Vehicles

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These iron horses are forced to share the road with cars and trucks of all sizes. Recently, that combination has meant more crashes.

Tammie Mertins explains, "cars don't see us. We'll be in their blind spot. We have to drive defensively to look out for everyone around us."

Mertins and her husband are avid motorcyclists. They say poor visibility and lack of respect for riders makes their favorite form of transportation a hazardous habit.

And since visibility seems to be one of the biggest issues in the biking community right now, I sat down with safety expert, Tom Toutges, to see some of the most effective ways to increase visibility on a bike.

Tom Toutges, with Augusta Harley-Davidson, says "Riding during the day with your high beams on. Another good way to fix it is to pick a lane position when you're riding down the road to where your motorcycle is visible in the mirrors in the cars around you."

The Mertins say drivers don't respect the riders and the Department of Motor Vehicles should do something about it.

"I tell you if they had a little awareness program that people had to take to get their driver license renewed it would probably help them," adds Edwin Mertins.

In the meantime, the motorcycle safety foundation recommends riders always wear protective gear, ride with a strategy and always make yourself visible.

E. Mertins says, "it's going to be a joint effort to get people who drive vehicles and motorcyclist to get awareness of motorcycles."

For more on drivers safety for either two or four wheel vehicles, head to www.dds.ga.gov or dds.sc.gov.

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