Motorcycles are generally more difficult to notice while you’re out on the road, as they are smaller and nimbler than other types of vehicles. You still have an obligation as a driver to be safe and give bikers the respect they deserve, however.
Below are some motorcycle safety trips for drivers of cars and trucks to keep in mind:
- Leave some space: A good rule of thumb is to leave three seconds between you and a motorcycle when following behind one. Find a static object on the side of the road (such as a sign or a building) and count the number of seconds between when the motorcycle passes the object and when you pass the object. This will help you determine whether you are following too close. Give motorcycles even more space than you would give to another vehicle.
- Consider the weather: Inclement weather can be hazardous for all drivers, but especially so for motorcyclists. Be respectful of bikers when the weather gets bad, and give them even more space to maneuver.
- Check blind spots: Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, they’ll more easily fit within your blind spot, so make sure you are checking that it’s clear before you change lanes.
- Look before turning: The vast majority of serious motorcycle accidents are failure-to-yield crashes, in which drivers turn despite a motorcycle coming into the area. Try to make eye contact with a motorcyclist at an intersection and look carefully before proceeding. Only proceed when you have the right of way to do so.
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