FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Motorcycle season is in full-swing, and while it's good to get out and take a ride, safety still needs to be top priority.
"There's many factors that go into an accident. Eliminating one, adding one, whatever the case may be, it's unfortunate," said Harley Davidson Riding Academy Manager Amy Krontz.
To help reduce the number of motorcycle related crashes or deaths it's important for both bikers and drivers to be careful. For people driving cars, it's crucial to check both side mirrors, rear view mirrors and any blind spots.
"'Make sure you're always checking your rear-view mirrors and doing head-checks before changing lanes. Just be safe," said Krontz.
Krontz says that when she's on the road, she notices many drivers distracted by their phones, or following too closely behind.
"Sometimes just riding too fast for the weather, and pot holes, we're just coming out of the season and there's pot holes everywhere."
For bikers, it's important to look for other drivers and be on the defense.
"As soon as we get on that motorcycle, we know we're not going to be seen as well as we would if we would've gotten in a car, and we need to take extra steps to be aware of that," said Krontz.
Those steps? Wear a helmet, but also riding gloves, jeans, jackets and the proper shoes.
Harley Davidson offers classes that teach riders everything they should know about a bike.
"If Harley Davidson can say hey we're here to help we'll give you tools and knowledge just to be a little bit more aware, that's what we're trying to do."
The classes are great for both riders and drivers because you can learn about safety too and are every Thursday through Sunday until the end of October.
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