Truckers have jobs to do. Whether they are going across town with local delivery or traveling from a distant state to deliver their goods, they are working and trying to do their jobs efficiently. As riders, we depend on truckers for our gas, our food, and our goods as much as everyone else does and we respect the work truckers do.
But There Are a Few Things We Want Truckers to Know About Us
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois and across the nation. During this month and every time you get behind the wheel of a truck, we encourage truckers to remember that:
- There are many people who care about us. If you hit one of us and seriously injure or kill us, then you are forever changing not only our lives but the lives of our families and close friends.
- We have the right to be on the road, just as you do. We are licensed drivers and we have the right to ride our bikes on the same roads on which you drive your trucks.
- Watch for us, please. We may be harder to see, but we are on the road with you. We do everything that we can to give you the wide space you need to make a turn and to be careful in your blind spots, but we need you to also watch for us.
Our lives may depend on the actions and precautions you and other truckers take on the road.
Please Help Spread the Word
The next time you are driving, we encourage you to think about how your own life would change if you hit and hurt or killed a motorcyclist. Could you live with the guilt? Could you get back behind the wheel? Could you look our spouses, our children, and our parents in the eye?
We all benefit when we are all careful on the road. This Motorcycle Awareness Month let’s all take time to reflect on our driving habits and prevent future tragedies.