What You Should Know About Motorcycles
It seems there is a common misconception out there that he who drives the biggest vehicle gets the right of way, but that is a dangerous line of thinking. Whether you drive a car, truck or motorcycle, learning to share the road is an important step in keeping all our drivers (and passengers) safe.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation put together a list of their 10 things motorists should know about motorcycles; we here at Joyce, Jackman and Bell Insurors have cut it down to the five things we want you to know. Check them out below:
5 Things to Know When Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists
- Motorcycles have a slender profile, which means they often hide in the blind spot of many vehicles. Before you change lanes, always be sure to check for riders.
- It can be hard to judge the speed of an oncoming vehicle at an intersection; this is especially true for motorcycles. Because of its smaller size, you may judge that a motorcycle is further off in the distance than it really is. Play it safe and just assume that it is closer than it looks.
- Did you know that most motorcycles slow by downshifting instead of using the brakes? That means you aren’t likely to see the telltale red lights that most drivers use to signal that they are coming to a stop. It is important then that you leave yourself a few extra seconds of lag time when following behind a motorcycle to avoid rear-end collisions.
- Unlike a car or truck, the turn signals on a motorcycle are not usually self-cancelling, so when they change lanes or turn at an intersection the signal will continue to blink unless the driver turns it off manually.
- Motorcycles often adjust their position on roadways in order to be seen better, or to avoid debris, other vehicles and wind. It might seem erratic sometimes, but there is usually a reason for all that moving around we sometimes see.
Source - QUICK TIPS: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles
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