22 Mar 2018
Tips for Safely Sharing the Road With Motorcycles

Try out these safety tips for driving near motorcyclists.

With spring officially here, things will start to warm up.  Warmer weather means that you should expect to see more motorcycles on the road.  While it’s important that motorcyclists take precautions to ensure their safety, you also have some responsibility as a driver.  Here’s how you as a driver can avoid getting into an accident with a motorcycle.

1) Changing Lanes

While you probably have a good idea of where cars are around you, a motorcyclist can easily slip into your blind spot without you realizing it.  To avoid changing lanes into a motorcyclist, make sure you look three ways before attempting a lane change.  Always check your rear view and side view mirrors, and look over your shoulder to ensure that you are in the clear.

2) Signals

Most motorcyclists are defensive drivers and they watch other drivers and try to anticipate what they might do.  That’s why you should always use your signal lights to indicate your intentions.  This will give motorcyclists a better idea of your intentions and will allow them to change their riding behaviors accordingly.

3) Sharing the Street

Finally, sometimes motorcyclists have no choice but to split lanes.  Some bikes can overheat at slow speeds, so some motorcyclists are forced to split lanes when faced with heavy traffic.  If you see a motorcycle doing this, don’t take it personally and attempt to block them.  If possible, move over in your lane to give them enough room to safely pass.

Try out these suggestions to safely share the road with motorcyclists.  Want another way to stay safe as you drive?  Make sure you have the proper auto insurance protections in place.  To find the right policies to fit your needs, contact the experts at Weaver & Associates in Arcadia, California.  Our professional team is ready to get you covered today.