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Motorcycles – Watch out for Them

30 Jan Blog | Comments

Driving is not an easy task. There are so many distractions. There are phones (both talking and texting are distractions), radios, eating food and other people in the car. There are also semi-trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, other cars and motorcycles. Of all of those distractions the one that probably gets the least attention is motorcycles.

The problem with that is more and more people are riding them. As more people ride them you, as the driver, have to be more cautious and aware. You have to be on the lookout for them. You also have to give them room. Just like a semi-truck or another car you need to put space between you and the motorcycle.

The person driving the motorcycle can be like any other driver out there. He/she could be a great defensive driver. That person could be watchful just like you are. They could use signals to let you know they are moving lanes. They could give you space just like they expect space.

However, they could also be a careless rider. They could change lanes out of nowhere, or worse cross over several lanes at once. He or she could ride right on your bumper. They could speed and weave in-between lanes.

That is why it is imperative that you as a driver, always drive defensively. You must use caution when in front of or behind a motorcycle. You need to be the one to give them space.  You need to be proactive and be aware of what is around you at all times. You need to have a way out should you need one. If the motorcycle slams his or her brakes on you need to know if you can switch lanes if you need to. You also will want to know if you can apply your brakes and not end up with a car or motorcycle crashing into your rear bumper.

As the Driver of a Motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle is a big responsibility, and should not be taken lightly. If you crash while riding a motorcycle you have a much bigger chance of getting severely injured or killed. So, it is in your best interest to be a defensive driver. If you go up against a semi-truck or a car your odds of winning, meaning walking away alive, are very slim.

You want to make sure people know where you are going should you need to move lanes. Use your turn signal to move, and only move one lane at a time. Make sure you leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of and behind you. Know where the other cars are around you so if you need to switch lanes quickly you know where you can go. You also want to make sure you don’t’ weave in and out of traffic. You may know exactly what you are doing, but you may panic a driver and create an accident.

Whether you are a car driver or a motorcyclist you need to be aware of the distractions that are out there. If you drive defensively you can avoid the potential for a deadly accident. Just be smart, and cautious and you will be just fine out on the roads.


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