6 Practical Tips to Be More Careful Around Motorcycles as a Car Driver

6 Practical Tips to Be More Careful Around Motorcycles as a Car Driver

Nov 25, 2021


6 Practical Tips to Be More Careful Around Motorcycles as a Car Driver
It is quite well known that motorcycles do not offer the same amount of protection to their riders as cars and trucks, and even the slightest accident could cause a major injury to those involved in a motorcycle crash. This is why while driving your four-wheeler, you need to be more careful while moving around motorcyclists. Some of the things you can do to ensure a safer driving experience for all on the road are as follows:
  1. Pay attention to the objects in your mirror: As a driver, you need to remember that objects in the mirror may be closer than they actually appear. This is even more possible with motorcycles due to their size and speed. To be on the safer side, it is better to leave enough space and anticipate that motorcyclists may be closer than they seem to avoid forcing them to hit the brakes quicker than expected.
  2. Don't make sudden turns: Often, a car driver making a sudden turn in front of a motorcycle has caused accidents involving both drivers, which is why you should be careful while turning, especially at intersections. Always check around for motorcycles when you're about to do so.
  3. Check and re-check your blindspot: A motorcycle isn't the same size as a car and can easily blend in with other vehicles, preventing you from seeing it. Therefore, you should check your blindspot at least twice before changing lanes and always use your turn signal.
  4. Avoid tailgating: Whether it is another car or a motorcycle, always leave enough space between you and the vehicle before you as there might be no indicator or brake lights as to whether the bike is slowing down or not. Moreover, putting enough space between you and the motorcycle will allow you enough time to slow down or stop when you need to.
  5. Don't crowd a motorcycle's lane: There are several reasons why a motorcycle driver might decide to switch lanes or remain strictly in one lane once in a while, but none of these reasons imply you should share a lane with them. On the contrary, by staying in your own lane, you give each other enough space for contingencies.
  6. Consider the safety of the riders: Always bear in mind that some of your friends, family members, or even acquaintances may be riders too. This will help you look out for motorcycles anytime you're driving, making you a better driver.
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