Safety Tip: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Motorcycles

October 1, 2018

Motorcyclists and drivers both share equal responsibility for roadway safety. Motorcyclists are sometimes hard to see and are more vulnerable to collisions than other drivers. Be alert and share the road.

Here’s some advice for the coexistence of drivers and motorcyclists in the streets:

  • Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
  • The motorcycle needs the room to manoeuvre safely so allow the motorcyclist a full lane width.
  • Nearly 40% of accidents were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist.
  • Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
  • Signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic, allows the motorcyclist to find a safe lane position.
  • Make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Motorcycle signals aren’t always self-canceling, and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to minor annoyances of the road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel etc.
  • The appropriate following distance behind a motorcycle is a “four seconds” distance so the motorcyclist has enough time to manoeuvre or stop in an emergency.

Enjoy your rides!