Sharing the Road with our two-wheeled friends

June 25th, 2012 9:03am
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Sharing the Road with our two-wheeled friends

Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Here are some tips, brought to you by New York States Deptartment of Health, you can do to help keep yourself and motorcyclists safe.

  • Be aware that motorcycles can easily disappear in your blind spot or be hidden behind objects such as signs, trees, bushes, fences or other vehicles.
  • Motorcyclists may not brake when slowing down. Since you cannot depend on seeing their brake lights, allow a greater following distance.
  • Stay alert to the motorcyclist's movement in traffic. They may change their position in a lane to improve their visibility or avoid unsafe road conditions.
  • It can be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed and distance because of their smaller size. Assume the motorcycle is closer than it appears when entering an intersection.
  • Many motorcycle turn signals are not self-canceling, so do not assume that they are turning.
  • Slippery surfaces or other road conditions may make it more difficult for motorcyclists to stop so allow for a greater following distance in bad weather, construction zones, etc.