Posted at: 05/15/2013 6:27 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and new statistics show motorcycle deaths are up nine percent nationally.
With temperatures going up, there's going to be a lot more motorcyclists out riding.
We spoke with some bikers in the Albuquerque Metro area. They gave us some tips to keep both drivers and bikers safe.
The Governors Highway Safety Association projects approximately 5,000 motorcyclists died nationwide in 2012. That's a nine percent increase from the year before. New Mexico has seen an increase too. Officials think that's because more New Mexicans are purchasing motorcycles.
Chris Lujan's life and business revolve around bikes. When he's not working on them, he's out riding and says bikers have to be even more cautious than someone in a car because they're exposed.
"You watch other people’s eyes through their own mirrors. That's the best advice you can give. Because you can see someone, you can see that they're going to do something before they do it through their eyes."
Common sense and every statistic you can find support wearing helmets. So why doesn't everyone?
"Excuses are I can't hear. It blocks my visibility. I personally just think it don't look cool."
Scotsman Jim Little is on a 2 week, Old rote 66 journey from Chicago to Los Angeles. The few times he's had to go on interstates, he says it's been scary.
"Just the traffic and the amount of traffic that's on the highways compared to the Route 66."
Little says drivers in the U.S. are better than what he was expecting.
"The other drivers have been fairly courteous. Better than home? I would say better than home yeah."
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