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Motorcycles and Other Traffic

31 Mar Blog | Comments

Standing on the side of the road a person would see all sorts of traffic. There are cars of all different types of shapes and sizes. Most people know how to drive a car and how to be aware of and watch out for other cars. There is other traffic that people are not as comfortable driving next to, like motorcycles, big rigs, buses, cars towing, funeral processions and vehicles with a WIDE LOAD sign.

Accidents occur because people were not sure what to do or how to drive around those types of vehicles. Below are tips for driving with different types of vehicles.

  • Motorcycles – Because motorcycles are smaller, they are harder to see. Many times a motorcycle is unknowingly in a person’s blind spot. This is why it is so important to check your blind spot before switching lanes. Keep in mind that you have a lot more protection surrounding you than a motorcycle so watch out for them.
  • Big Rigs – Because you are smaller than the big rig you are hard to see. The general rule with those is that if you cannot see their side mirrors they cannot see you. That means pull your car back far enough that they know you are there. They are usually carrying a lot of weight so they take longer to slow down.
  • Buses – Buses stop frequently so it is important to be aware of what they are doing at all times. School buses especially have frequent stops. If you are behind one of those and they turn on their flashing lights you are required to slow down and stop if those yellow lights switch to red.
  • Cars Towing – A car towing a boat, another car or whatever is fine so long as it doesn’t need to move quickly from one lane to another. So the best advice here is to give the car room. If you are next to one and it needs to move over, either speed up so the person can move over or slow down giving them a lot of room. The biggest issue with a car towing something is that the back end could waver a bit side to side.
  • Funeral Processions – This one is fairly straightforward. Funeral processions have the right of way. If you are at a light and a funeral procession car comes into the middle of an intersection you will need to wait until the last car in the procession passes until you can go.
  • WIDE LOAD – Trucks with a sign that says WIDE LOAD mean exactly what the sign says. The truck is carrying something that extends past the bed of the truck, or the past the sides. The best tip here is to give that truck a lot of space.

Driving with different types of vehicles is part of the package. Being a defensive driver at all times is the best way to keep yourself aware of what types of vehicles are around you.



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