One Motorcyclist Hopes Drivers Increase Awareness

May 25, 2015

"Measure twice, cut once." The old adage holds especially true for the many motorists who will hit the road this summer. One veteran motorcyclist is asking millions of drivers to measure their surroundings to AVOID cutting off, hitting, or injuring “two-wheelers.”

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After he was approached by Allstate to participate in a motorcycle awareness campaign, veteran motorcyclist Nate Hudson embarked on a 111-day trek across all 50 states. And the first thing he wants to relay is the onus isn't just on drivers to keep riders safe.

"Motorcyclists can't assume the car sees you which --you gotta be mindful of your surrounding environment and the biggest thing that Allstate has taught me about this trip is that three motorcyclists are killed in this country at an intersection every day."

But even when the rider has done his part, Hudson says he's still at the mercy of a larger, much heavier vehicle controlled by someone else. That's one of the reasons he's stopping at state DMV's throughout his journey.

"What we're trying to do is get DMV's to add a question to driver's test for cars. Basically just be mindful of motorcyclists that we're out there. You know bring awareness for them because there's no room for error on a motorcycle"

Last year in Virginia, the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes increased by 22 percent from the previous year. June through August were the deadliest months, and the highest number of fatalities occurred in Virginia Beach and Rockingham County.