Share the Road!
The smaller size of motorcycles, and the speed at which they often times travel, can make them difficult for other drivers to see. Many times, collisions and fatalities happen when another driver pulls out in front of the motorcycle, simply because they did not see them.
Below are TIPS for sharing the road safely with motorcycles (NHTSA).
- Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
- Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
- Remember that motorcycle turn signals are usually not self-cancelling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more following distance, three or four seconds more, following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.