Motorcycles are the ultimate bad boy ride on the road. Culture has dictated that bikes are the “coolest” vehicle when it comes to transportation. We’ve all fantasized about going 60 down an open road in a trendy black leather jacket with blacked out helmet, but we also know motorcycles can be extremely dangerous. This is part 2 of our Motorcycle Guide. If you haven’t yet, you can read part 1 here, which discusses safety practices motorcyclists can follow as well as motorcycle statistics.
We all know it can be unsettling to drive with motorcycles on the road. The reality is, it is important as drivers of sedans, SUVs, trucks, vans, etc. to be more vigilant of our biker friends on the road. Here’s how you can make driving safer for yourself and for motorcyclists.
Safety Tips for Drivers with Bikes on the Road
- As a driver, you should constantly be scanning your rear, sides and front for motorcyclists and all other vehicles to keep a safe distance from them. It’s best to keep a 4 second distance from motorcycles as they tend to maneuver quicker than other, larger vehicles. ALWAYS be sure to check your blind spots before merging.
- Remember, motorcyclists are allowed to use the entire width of the traffic lane they occupy. Trying to utilize some of that space to go around another vehicle is illegal and dangerous.
- Failure to yield properly is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Just as with other vehicles, a motorcyclist’s right-of-way is equally as valid. Be extra careful when making left turns before crossing traffic intersections as this is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents.
- Try to avoid unnecessary use of your horn, as it can startle motorcyclists. While for a car driver this may result in a slight swerve, for motorcyclists this can cause them to lose control of steering and fall on the highway or any other roadway.
- Be mindful that weather affects motorcyclists more so than sedan or truck drivers. If it is windy or raining, be sure to keep additional distance from motorcyclists.
- Using signals is important at all times, but especially if you know a motorcyclist is near your vehicle.
We hope these tips will help make the road a safer space for drivers and motorcyclists. If you have any additional tips we have not mentioned, feel free to message us on Facebook. Check back for additional updates on how you can be a safer motorcyclist or driver.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, give us a call at (571) 229 – 1800 or contact us here.