Spring is finally here, and as the temperature increases, you can expect so will the number of motorcycles on the road. Unfortunately, the appearance of a motorcycle in traffic situations, when the motorist is not prepared, can lead to hazardous, even fatal, situations. In order for motorists to learn how to safely interact with motorcyclists, they must understand certain safety challenges faced by riders and learn how to anticipate and respond to them.
Signal Your Intentions
Because of their narrow profile, motorcycles can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots. Use your eyes and mirrors to see what’s around, and check blind spots when changing lanes or turning at intersections. Motorists should always use a turn signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate movement and find a safe lane position.
Give Them Space
Motorcyclists may need to suddenly change speed or adjust lane position to avoid road hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement. Also, keep in mind that when motorcyclists slow down by releasing the throttle or downshifting, the brake light will not activate for a visual warning.
Share the Road
Understand that motorcycle riders often adjust position within a lane for a reason – to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris and passing vehicles.
It’s important to remember that there is a person under the helmet, possibly a friend, neighbor, or relative. By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.
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