My husband rides a motorcycle. I have to admit I get nervous for him. It's not that I don't trust him, it is that others on the road tend to underestimate bikes. Heck, Tom has been driving for over 30 years.

Then I read this little gem, which makes me more nervous; according to the Governors Highway Safety Association motorcycle deaths were up 9% in 2012 from the previous year. That is nearing the record.

From the data, it appears there are several reasons including some riders not having completed a safety course, not wearing helmets, and alcohol. Another big issue is other vehicles on the road not following safety practices. More people tailgate and pass inappropriately and this can greatly increase accidents.

So, as the weather warms up and we hit the road I have a few pieces of advice.

1. Riders should take a safety course. It is well worth it.

2. Wear your helmet and be aware that riding is a very serious thing.

3. Other vehicle drivers: be aware and cautious around bikers. Don't drive distracted.

4. And to all: educate yourself on the rules of  the road.

Happy biking!!