Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers on the road due to size, lack of safety features, and exposure of the rider. When accidents occur between motorcycles and larger vehicles, the motorcyclists nearly get the worst end of the situation. Here are some tips on sharing the road with motorcycles. If you’re a rider, consider sharing this post to spread the news.
- Avoid abrupt stops when being followed by a motorcyclist.
Stopping abruptly in front of a motorcycle and forcing the rider to suddenly brake can have disastrous consequences. Most of a motorcycle’s stopping power is in the front brakes, and pulling these brakes too hard can lock the front wheel, potentially throwing the rider off the bike. Brake slowly and signal any turns far in advance to give the rider enough time to brake.
- Maintain adequate following distance when driving behind a motorcyclist.
For a motorcyclist, being rear-ended by a car is extremely dangerous, even at low speeds. Be sure to leave at least four seconds’ worth of space between you and the rider in front of you. Also be aware of upcoming traffic lights or stop signs to avoid an accident.
- Pay particular attention at intersections.
Intersections are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. One of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles involves drivers turning left at an intersection in front of motorcyclists who are driving straight. When approaching an intersection, always come to a complete stop, look carefully at approaching traffic, and proceed with caution.
- Pass motorcycles with care.
If you need to pass a motorcycle, make sure you signal your pass well in advance to alert the rider. As you pass, try to give the motorcycle at least three feet of clearance. Even if the motorcycle is riding towards one side of the lane, do not try to pass in the same lane. Riders need room to maneuver around potholes and other obstacles in the road. Also be aware that the wind from your vehicle can push a rider off balance and potentially cause an accident. After you pass, wait until you are several car lengths ahead of the motorcycle before moving back into your lane.
- Look around before changing lanes.
Many drivers attempt to change lanes without checking their blind spots or signaling their move. If a motorcyclist happens to be near a car that changes lanes without warning, the results can be fatal. Always signal lane changes well in advance and be sure to check blind spots before moving. Motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars, which can make them easy to miss, so make sure you check your blind spots thoroughly before changing lanes.
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