Motorcycle riders in Idaho 18 and over aren’t required to wear a helmet. Idaho joins 28 states where only riders younger than a certain age are required to wear a helmet.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets in 2016, an estimated 802 lives more could have been saved.

“To help raise awareness and prevent further accidents on the roads, the Idaho transportation’s Office of Highway Safety … created a motorcycle map that highlights the safe areas to ride, and it includes several safety tips,” said Cecilia Awusie, a planning program manager at the Office of Highway Safety. “We will have the map available on our website within a few weeks.

These safety tips include:

  • Always wear a helmet, protective gear and don’t drink and ride.
  • Don’t rush in an intersection. Be sure to give yourself enough time to check for a motorcyclist.
  • When turning left, ensure ample time to allow motorcyclists to cross before initiating the left turn.
  • Don’t follow motorcyclists too closely. Be sure to allow time for braking without causing a collision.
  • To avoid a collision at an intersection, be patient and double-check your surroundings.