The Dallas Morning News had an interesting article yesterday discussing the increase in registration of motorcycle and scooters, now that the price of gas has risen so high. The article also contained some “Rules of the Road” that came from the Texas Department of Transportation. The rules were not included in the online article, so I’ll reproduce them here:
If you drive a car…
- Look twice for motorcyclists — at intersections, while entering highways and whenever you’re turning or changing lanes.
- If you’re passing a motorcyclist, move to the other lane and allow plenty of room.
- Be on the lookout for two-wheelers on the highway, at intersections and when they may be changing lanes.
- Watch for riders who may need to quickly maneuver around potholes and debris.
If you ride a motorcycle or scooter…
- Turn on your headlights and ride defensively.
- Avoid riding in the center of the lane, where debris and oil build up.
- Ride at a safe speed, and never ride if you’ve been drinking.
- Take a course to learn or reinforce safe riding techniques.
- Texas law says motorcyclists under age 21 must wear helmets.
- Those 21 or over may ride without helmets if they’ve successfully completed a motorcycle safety course and can show proof of health insurance with a minimum of $10,000 coverage for injuries resulting from a crash. The fine for not wearing a helmet can be up to $50, plus court costs.
- Riding a low-powered scooter on a highway can be illegal. Many Texas highways have a minimum speed limit of 45 mph.