With the weather getting warmer, more and more motorcycles are showing up on Iowa’s roadways. A survey by a Des Moines-based insurance company shows higher gas prices are pushing more people toward motorcycles.
Tom Lindsey is the spokesperson for the American Motorcyclist Association.Lindsey says this tells them something they already knew, that “motorcycles are not enjoyable, but they’re also one of the most efficient means of transportation available.” Lindsey says saving money on gas isn’t the biggest reason people ride motorcycles.
Lindsey says most people get into it for fun, and he says it’s not long before motorcyclists discover that the two-wheelers get better gas mileage and are easier to maneuver and park. The survey by Allied Insurance also found that are most motorcycle riders are not sure if they have appropriate insurance coverage.
Lindsey says that’s something every rider needs to look into. He says motorcycling is an investment whether you’re riding a used motorcycle or a brand new one. Lindsey says you need to protect your investment, and he says they encourage rider safety courses and encourage riders to be sure they have enough insurance too.
Lindsey says while riders need to take steps to protect themselves and their investment, others on the highway need to do their part and look out for the cycles.
Lindsey says his organizations was proud to see the governor sign a new law requiring motorcycle awareness modules into the state’s driver education program. Lindsey says “that a great step” toward a safer driving season. The survey found male riders invest more than seven thousand dollars in their bikes over five years.