How to drive on the road safely with motorcyclist

* How to drive on the road safely with motorcyclist *

In almost half of motorcyclist collisions the motorist is at fault, not the motorcylclist.
To share the road safely with motorcyclist, you must follow safe driving tips, like –

  • Motorcyclist use full lane, treat them like other vehicle when driving.
  • Give a safe following distance of at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This lets you see around the vehicle ahead and gives you enough distance to stop suddenly.
  • Many motorcycle collision occur between 11 am and 8 pm, so take extra caution at this times.

Key points to note when sharing the road with motorcyclist

  • Watch for motorcycle at intersection – Over one third of motorcycle collisions are intersection related.
  • Be sure you are safe to proceed before doing so by checking your mirrors and around your car
  • Slow down as you come to intersection and look carefully for traffic, yield sign, stop signs, traffic light, cyclist and pedestrian.
  • Be extra cautious when turning left in front of motorcylcles. It’s difficult to judge their speed and their turn signal may be accidentally left on as they don’t automatically shut off.

Watch for clues

  • Motorcycle turn signals can be hard to see
  • Watch for signs, such as shoulder checking or leaning that indicates the rider is going to turn or change lanes.

Carefully assess the oncoming motorcycle speed

  • A motor cycle is more difficult to see than other vehicle and its profile is smaller from most angles.
  • A motorcycle speed and distance can easily be misjudged by drivers
    Make sure you don’t pull out in front of, or cut off a motorcycle.

Be courteous

  • Respect motorcyclist – They are just as entitled to use the road as you are
    Speed and other aggressive tactics such as tailgating can potentially be more dangerous to the motorcyclist, who has less protection than a smaller, open vehicle.
  • Give other drivers space to change lanes and signal your turn and lane change properly.
  • Be aware of motorcycles (and other vehicles) around your car
  • Check your mirror frequently so you are aware of the other vehicle around you and how close they are.
  • Remember to check your blind spot, especially before changing lanes. A motorcycle is small enough to be entirely hidden within your blind spot.

* How to drive on the road safely with motorcyclist *

 

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