Wyoming Department of Transportation
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Motorcycle Safety Laws

 

  • No minor (anyone under the age of 18) shall operate or ride on a motorcycle unless he is wearing protective headgear, of a type that is approved, securely fastened on his head.
  • All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane of traffic. The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass any vehicle in the same lane occupied by the other vehicle unless it is another motorcycle.
  • No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
  • Motorcycles shall not be operated three or more abreast in a single lane of traffic.
  • No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars so positioned that his hands, when upon the grips, are above shoulder height when he is sitting astride the vehicle seat with the vehicle in an upright position.

 

       For a full listing of Wyoming's motor vehicle laws and motorcycle safety guidance, please consult the Motorcycle License Manual.

 

Wear the Proper Gear

 

  • Most crashes happen on short trips, less than five miles long and just a few minutes after starting. Most riders are riding slower than 30 mph when a crash occurs. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and the severity of head injuries by half.
  • No matter what the speed, helmeted riders are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
  • Jacket and pants should cover arms and legs completely. They should fit snugly enough to keep from flapping in the wind, yet loosely enough to move freely. Leather offers the most protection.
  • Boots or shoes should be high and sturdy enough to cover your ankles and give them support. Soles should be made of hard, durable slip-resistant material. Keep heels short so they do not catch on rough surfaces. Tuck laces so they won’t catch on your motorcycle.
  • Gloves allow a better grip and help protect your hands in a crash. Gloves should be made of leather or similar durable material.
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