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10 Things Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

1. Over 50% of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. In most of these cases, the driver of the other vehicle is at fault because he/she most likely did not see or recognize the motorcycle on the road.

2. A motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spot. Take extra precautions when changing lanes. Motorcycles tend to be hidden in blind spots because of their narrow profile.

3. A motorcycle may look like it is farther away than it actually is. Because a motorcycle is so much smaller than many other vehicles on the roads, it may seem to look farther away than it really is. When you do see a motorcycle, predict that it is closer than it looks and be extra careful when turning at an intersection or into a driveway.

4. Motorcyclists brake lights aren’t activated every time they slow down. When a motorcyclist slows down, they often downshift or roll off the throttle, therefore not activating the brake light. Whenever you are behind a motorcycle, allow for extra distance – at least 4 seconds. At intersections, assume that the motorcyclist will slow down without visual warning.

5. Motorcyclists will often adjust their position in a lane to seem more noticeable to other drivers. Motorcyclists do this to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles and wind. They adjust their position in a lane for a reason, not to be reckless.

6. Their ability to maneuver easily is one of a motorcycle’s better features. Especially if they are moving at slower speeds and with good road conditions. However, you should never expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge you or another object.

7. Turn signals on most motorcycles are not self-canceling. Therefore, some motorcyclists will forget to turn them off after switching lanes or turning.

8. Slippery payment makes stopping quickly difficult for motorcycles. Although the stopping distance for motorcycles is pretty much the same as it is for cars, slippery road conditions make it difficult for motorcyclists to stop quickly. Allow for more distance when traveling behind a motorcycle.

9. When driving next to a motorcycle, see more than the motorcycle. See the person under the helmet. Take precaution. It could be a family member, neighbor or friend.

10. When a motorcyclist crashes, it is most likely to cause serious injury or even death. Always share the road with motorcyclists and be extra careful when traveling near them. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today and fill out our free case evaluation form. Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation