BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — After a long winter, motorists are seeing more motorcyclists on the highways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is cautioning drivers of motorcycles and other types of vehicles to concentrate on safety on the roadways to help avoid potential tragedies.
“You have to be very defensive when you ride a motorcycle,” cautioned Trooper Chad Spallinger of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Spallinger has been riding motorcycles for 21 years, putting more than 200,000 miles on various bikes. “Most car/motorcycle accidents are caused by either cars pulling out in front of a motorcycle or someone turning left. You always have to assume that car is going to pull out in front of you or turn left in front of you. They do not see you. If I’m coming up on a bike to an intersection where I don’t have to stop and the other way does have to stop, if I see a car there, I just start slowing down and getting ready because chances are they are going to pull out in front of me, and I just go with that assumption. Now, nine times out of 10 they don’t but if they start to go, I’m already slowing down, getting ready for what could happen.”
Spallinger noted that visibility is the biggest problem of motorcycles. Drivers of cars and trucks must remember that they share the highways with motorcycles.