Be Courteous & Share the Road
Motorcyclists encounter more dangerous situations on the road because they are hard to see, but we all need to know how to drive safely on the road with motorcyclists on it. They have the same responsibilities as people who drive automobiles, but they require for someone to have excellent handling abilities. These tips for sharing the road with motorcycles are very important to know so that everyone can drive on the road safely.
When changing lanes, be sure to look out for motorcycles using all your mirrors. Motorcycles are small so it is very easy for them to hide in your blind spot of other vehicles. Make sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing a lane. Motorcyclists are also entitled to the same lane length as any vehicle, so allow them to have that length when they are driving in a lane.
Use Your Signals
Using turn signals when merging into traffic with motorcyclists is important because this allows them to know what you plan on doing and to give you room to move into a lane. Also, tap your brakes if you plan on stopping soon or slowing down so that they know to start slowing down as well. Doing this will allow the driver to brake and there is a lesser chance of an accident occurring.
Most signals on motorcycles are not self cancelling, so it is important to make sure that they are going to turn by giving them the proper space and speed. Also, if you turn on your signal make sure that you are going to be doing the turn and there will not be any confusion. As for following distance, make it so that you are at least three to four seconds behind a motorcycle to give them time to maneuver around obstacles that they may encounter on the road.
Motorcyclists, it is also your job to make it aware to other people that you are on the road. Try and wear bright, protective gear so that you will be visible to other drivers, and always wear a helmet in case injury should occur. Use a combination of hand signals and turn signals to warn other vehicles that you are planning on making a turn or changing a lane. Most importantly, check your bike every time before you ride. Keep up with the maintenance so that there is higher chance of you being safe on the road. Remember to be courteous and share the road.
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