When you are already a cautious motorcyclist it can be challenging to think of new ways to be safe on the road. However, motor vehicle drivers play a role in keeping motorcycle riders safe too.
California residents have the luxury of riding their motorcycle just about any time of the year. But, unfortunately anytime anyone enters the roadway, a crash is always a possibility. In order to lessen your chance during each ride or drive, motorcyclist and drivers must be more mindful of one another.
Always be aware
As a driver or rider, you should always be conscious of your surroundings. This includes not engaging in distractions like cell phone use, passenger conversations or deep thoughts that take your attention on a detour. This also includes avoiding the road completely, unless you are a passenger, if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or feeling drowsy.
When car drivers evaluate the road around them, they must remember that their blind spots exist and can make seeing a motorcyclist impossible. To combat this, drivers can try to be aware of who is next to them before even attempting to lane change. Then, when they are ready to change lanes, they should be sure to double check the coast is clear by turning their heads in addition to using their mirrors.
Motorcyclists can prevent hanging out in a blind spot of car or larger vehicle by keeping a sizable distance between them and the next vehicle. Not riding directly at the side of cars or trucks and making lane changes with ample warning can also increase a motorcyclist’s visibility.
Communicate with one another
There are nonverbal cues riders and drivers can offer one another on the road. For motorcyclists, wearing bright and reflective clothing may help drivers know their whereabouts. And car drivers should remember to put their lights on when the daylight fades to make their presence known. They should also use blinkers when turning or passing.
When commuters don’t treat the road as a shared space, disaster can take place.