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Tips for Drivers on How to Share the Road with Motorcycles


October 28, 2020

USA- Driving-tests.org reports that thousands of motorcyclists die every year on the road throughout America.

These road users may be using smaller vehicles yet they have an equal right to use the road. If you are operating a car, SUV, truck, or van, it is your obligation to ensure that you do not violate the right of way of motorcyclists or put these drivers in danger. 

  1. Check Your Blindspots - One of the first things to remember is that motorcycles can become caught in a driver's blind spot. When changing lanes, be sure to check your mirrors and look behind you to ensure you are not about to enter the path of an oncoming motorcycle. 
  2. When passing a motorcycle, it is important to provide ample space to the motorcyclist. Your increased vehicle speed can impact a person on a motorcycle because it generates wind. 
  3. Use Your Turn Signals - Use your signals before passing in order to notify other drivers and motorists on the road of your intentions. Ensure that you are a safe distance ahead of the motorcycle before returning into the right lane. 
  4. Allow More Space Between You and the Motorcycle in Front of You - It is also important to remember that motorcycles are smaller, and therefore often stop more quickly than cars and other large vehicles. It is your responsibility as a driver to allow enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you for you to stop safely without colliding into the vehicle in front of you. 
  5. Adjust for Weather Conditions - If the weather is bad or you are driving at night, make sure that you give even more space to motorcycles. If visibility is bad for you, it is also bad for the motorcyclist, and in the case of bad weather, the motorcyclist will be facing more challenges operating their bike.

Never underestimate the speed of an oncoming motorcycle. Always remember that crashes that may be minor for you can be fatal for a motorcyclist. Taking an extra second to look where you are going can save a life. 

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Sources:

https://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/sharing-the-road-with-motorcycles/

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