Motorcycles are a common sight on our roadways. They offer riders a sense of freedom and adventure.
To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, it is important to be aware of how to share the road with these two-wheeled vehicles.
Maintain a safe following distance
In 2021,14% of all accident fatalities (5,932) were motorcyclists. One of the contributions to these accidents was when motorists followed these vehicles too closely. Therefore, keep a minimum of three to four seconds of space between your vehicle and a motorcycle. Motorcycles can stop more abruptly than cars, so give them space to prevent rear-end collisions.
Check your blind spots
Motorcycles can easily hide in your blind spots, creating a significant hazard. Always double-check your blind spots, particularly when changing lanes or merging onto the highway.
Use your turn signals
Always use your turn signals well in advance of making a turn or changing lanes. This provides motorcyclists with valuable information about your actions, allowing them to react safely.
Be mindful of road conditions
Motorcycles are more susceptible to road hazards than cars. Potholes, loose gravel and wet surfaces can be treacherous. Be mindful of the road conditions. Also, be cautious when approaching intersections, as motorcycles may be less visible among other vehicles.
Avoid distracted driving
Keep your focus on driving and avoid using your phone, adjusting the radio or engaging in other distracting activities. A momentary lapse in attention can lead to devastating consequences.
Obey speed limits
Speeding is a common cause of accidents involving motorcycles. Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed to match the conditions.
Check your mirrors frequently
Motorcycles can quickly approach from behind, so regularly checking your mirrors will help you stay aware of your surroundings.
Remember that safety is a shared responsibility for everyone on the road.