Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road, making it necessary for all drivers to understand how to coexist safely.
All drivers need to understand the key principles for sharing the road with motorcycles and ensuring road safety for everyone.
Stay alert and vigilant
Did you know that 14% of traffic fatalities are motorcyclists, and 5,932 of these individuals died in these incidents in 2021? Therefore, the most fundamental rule for safely sharing the road with motorcycles involves staying attentive and aware.
Before changing lanes or making turns, check your blind spots. Motorcycles can easily hide in these areas. Also, regularly check your mirrors to stay aware of your surroundings, keep track of nearby motorcycles and make informed driving decisions.
Drive with consideration
Use your turn signals well in advance to give motorcyclists time to react. This not only prevents surprises but also contributes to smoother traffic flow. Treat motorcyclists with the same respect you would other vehicles. Yield to and do not cut off motorcycles when merging onto the highway or at intersections. Avoid sudden acceleration or deceleration when driving near motorcycles. In addition, motorcycles stop much quicker than other vehicles, so maintain a safe distance from motorcycles to prevent rear-end collisions.
Watch for turning motorcycles
Motorcycles need more space to turn than cars. Be cautious when you see a motorcyclist signaling a turn and provide them with extra room. Neglecting this caution can result in collisions, particularly at intersections.
Consider road conditions
Motorcycles are more sensitive to road conditions than cars. Potholes, gravel, wet leaves and other road hazards pose greater risks to motorcyclists. Pay attention to these conditions and give motorcyclists extra space.
Sharing the road with motorcycles is a responsibility that all drivers should take seriously.