How to Share the Road with Motorcyclists
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Drivers need to be cautious about other people on the road. Driving with other vehicles around you is a challenge but extra care must be taken when traveling alongside a motorcyclist. Here are a few suggestions you can use.
Avoid Changing Lanes Rapidly
If there is a motorcyclist besides you on the road, avoid changing lanes rapidly. You should always remain in your own lane, especially if there is heavy traffic. Some people may try to get out of a traffic jam by rapidly changing lanes to get ahead of other drivers. This is not only dangerous for you but also for other drivers and motorcyclists.
Use Proper Signals
In the event you need to change lanes or make a turn, make sure to use the turn signals properly. If the motorcyclist is in front of the car, you may flash your headlights to get their attention and then use the turn signal. This will let the motorcyclists know that you want to change lanes and they will give you the space you need for it.
Check All Mirrors at Turns and Blind Spots
Checking your mirrors at turns, blind spots and before changing lanes is important. Doing so will allow you to determine if there is a motorcycle approaching from behind or at the side. Checking your mirrors in advance will allow you to adjust your speed and turn accordingly.
Be Alert at All Times
Always be alert while driving and avoid any distractions like texting or talking on the phone. Also, be on the lookout for motorcyclists who have forgotten to turn off their turn signal. Cars have a mechanism that turns off the turn signal automatically once the turn has been made. Motorcycles do not have such a feature and most riders forget to turn it off. These traffic safety suggestions should not only be used with driving with motorcyclists, but with other drivers as well.