Sharing the Road with Motorcycles: Staying Safe

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Spring is one of the most hectic times of the year, especially when you have to share the road with motorcycles. Thanks to warmer weather, more bikes will be out on the road, increasing dangers for everyone. We’ve put together a list of tips on sharing the road with motorcycles.

According to eSurance, one of the most important things to understand is just how vulnerable a motorcycle is compared to a car. Not only are they lighter, but they are lacking fundamental safety systems that cars have, like seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones. Hitting a motorcycle even at low speeds can be disastrous.

Try giving motorcycles at least four seconds of distance in between your car and them. In reality, motorcycles are smaller than cars, making our brains think we are further away from them than we actually are. Adding a second will keep them safer by ensuring safe distance.

Always look twice when turning. We are often hard wired to lookout for cars when turning, not motorcycles. Looking twice when turning could prevent you from cutting out in front of a bike and causing an accident.

Finally, check your blind spots more frequently. Because motorcycles take up less space, you should be aware that they could easily be hiding in your blind spots. Frequently check blind spots before changing lanes, and be aware of your surroundings.

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