Motorists must share the road with a variety of vehicles, including motorcycles. Motorcycle usage is growing in popularity and these machines are often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Drivers should use the following tips when driving around motorcycles:
Look for Motorcycles:
Search traffic around the vehicle while driving and expect to see motorcycles.
Check blind spots before changing lanes or merging. Window and door frames can easily block a driver's view of a motorcycle.
Double check traffic at intersections before proceeding.
When turning left, take a second look for motorcycles. Most crashes between cars and motorcycles occur when cars turn left.
Give Motorcyclists Rooms:
Do not drive alongside a motorcycle in your lane. It is unsafe and illegal. Only motorcycles can share lanes.
Be aware that motorcyclists use all of their lane - and sometimes change lanes - to avoid hazards such as debris, potholes, or grooved pavement.
Allow a three or four second "space cushion" when following motorcycles.
Stay Focused on Driving:
Focus on the road - avoid distractions, such as cell phones and texting while driving.