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 Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

  • There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle; they ignore it (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.
  • Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is.  It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed.  When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks. 
  • Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc).  Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.   
  • Because of its small size a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is.  Don't assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.
  • Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light.  Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
  • Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.  Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.
  • Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind.  Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
  • Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
  • Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult.  Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime."
  • When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a person.

 

Information provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation