Share Our Roadways

In the majority of crashes involving motorcycles and another vehicle, the car or truck driver claimed he or she “didn’t see” the motorcyclist. Bikers have just as much right to use the road as operators of passenger cars and commercial trucks. Sharing the road with them isn’t just courteous, it’s the law. There’s a reason for the saying “look twice – save a life.” When you know it’s the kind of weather that brings bikers out in droves, use extra caution and make sure that if there’s a motorcycle in your path, you see it – and react to it – before a collision occurs.

Texting while driving solutions
Texting while driving solutions

Never Drive Distracted

This is a good rule of thumb to follow even without motorcycles in the equation. Every year, distracted driving contributes to thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries across the country. Driver distraction is a main reason that drivers don’t see motorcyclists. You can’t share the road with someone you don’t know is on it, and you can’t know who’s around you if you won’t tear your gaze away from the cell phone, newspaper, take-out meal, or sun visor mirror. Remember, when you’re behind the wheel, your primary focus shouldn’t be texting, making a phone call, eating, grooming, reading, or adjusting the radio – it should be on driving safely to your destination, without putting yourself or anyone else in harm’s way.

Use Your Signals

Turn signals show others on the roadway what your intentions are. Without them, other drivers could easily misinterpret your plans and cut you off, rear end your car, or otherwise find themselves on a collision course with you. Always use your turn signals when you’re turning, merging, or changing lanes – particularly when the weather is nice and motorcyclists, who might be hard to spot, are sharing the roads with you. However, be careful relying on other people’s turn signals, especially motorcyclists’. Unlike many cars, motorcycles often don’t have self-canceling turn signals, so they might not turn off instantly when they are no longer necessary. Don’t take hasty actions based on a motorcycle’s turn signal – wait until you are sure that the turn signal is intentional and the biker actually is turning or changing lanes.

Motorcycle Safety Springfield Missouri
Motorcycle Safety Springfield Missouri

Look Twice

When I say “share the road,” I mean that figuratively – never try to literally occupy the same road space as a motorcycle. Yes, bikes are smaller than cars, but not small enough that you can ride side-by-side with one in a single-width lane. Always give a motorcyclist the full width of the lane they’re riding in, and leave plenty of space – at least three to four extra seconds more than you would leave a car – when following a bike.

Check Your Blind Spot

When I say “share the road,” I mean that figuratively – never try to literally occupy the same road space as a motorcycle. Yes, bikes are smaller than cars, but not small enough that you can ride side-by-side with one in a single-width lane. Always give a motorcyclist the full width of the lane they’re riding in, and leave plenty of space – at least three to four extra seconds more than you would leave a car – when following a bike.

Motorcycle Blind Spot