The American Motorcyclist Association asks motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists during the Thanksgiving holiday and encourages riders and drivers to operate their vehicles defensively and not allow themselves to be distracted behind the wheel or behind the handlebars.
"While some part of the United States may be impassable for road-going motorcyclists in late November, it's still warm enough to ride comfortably in many parts of the nation," AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. "There also will be off-road and dual sport riders using the holiday weekend to get out and ride, with many of them crossing or using portions of public roadways. The AMA encourages all riders and drivers to operate their vehicles safely, sober and distraction-free."
As communities and families celebrate Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, with parades and get-togethers, and shoppers rush from store to store on Black Friday, Nov. 29, all road users should plan extra time to reach their destinations.
Impaired and distracted driving are more prevalent during holiday travel times, and motorcyclists are always more vulnerable than other road users.
"Don't let the holiday spirit affect your performance behind the wheel or on your motorcycle," Dingman said. "Don't drink and drive or drink and ride. Keep your focus on the road and the vehicles nearby. Let's work together to ensure a safer holiday weekend for everyone on our nation's roads."