Motorcycles face unique challenges on the roads. They do not have as much protection in an accident as you do in your vehicle. For this reason, it is important that everyone works together to ensure the roads are safe for them.
The News Wheel explains there are a few things to keep in mind as you interact with motorcycles that will help to prevent accidents.
Understand how they work
There are many things about a motorcycle that differ from other vehicles. For example, they often swerve within their lane. Riders make this maneuver to avoid obstacles, such as debris on the road or potholes, that could make them lose control. They also do it to make themselves more visible to you.
When a bike comes to a stop, you may not get the brake light signals you would from other vehicles because the rider may downshift to slow down. So, a bike may stop in a way that seems like it happens suddenly. Do not rely on brake lights to signal you a bike is coming to a stop or slowing down.
Know they move faster than you think
Because of its size, it is easy to misjudge how far away a bike is when it is coming down the road. You cannot judge its speed the same way you would judge the speed of other vehicles. Always account for this and give a motorcycle more space when pulling out in front of one.
Be more aware of them
Motorcycles are harder to see than other vehicles due to their size. You have to be alert and look out for them during those times of the year they are most likely to be on the road.
You also want to be careful when changing lanes. A bike can easily slip into your blind spot, so make sure you keep an eye on motorcycles around you and know where they are before you start to switch lanes.