Staying Safe in the Summer: Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

sharing the road with motorcycles
Being courteous when sharing the road with motorcycles and other cars is the best way to prevent accidents.

Sharing the road with motorcycles is something every driver has to experience, especially as the weather gets warmer and warmer here in Marshall, Texas. There are some key safety tips to keep in mind when driving alongside bikers, tips that will protect both you and them. There’s room for both cars and motorcycles on the road—as long as everyone is safe.

According to wikiHow, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to give extra room. Try and keep 4 to 5 seconds between you and the motorcycle in front of you. Although you might think this is excessive, our brains often fail to account for the small size of motorcycles, making it likely that you are riding closer to that bike than you think.

Always look twice when turning. Again, we are often hardwired to overlook motorcycles on the road. A quick glance is not enough when you are turning. Always be sure to look left, right, and left, ensuring you stay safe. If you want to throw in some extra looks to the left and right, it can’t hurt.

Signal, signal, signal. Road conditions affect motorcycles more than cars, making it imperative that you give them as much time as possible to react to what your car is doing. If you are changing lanes, put on your signal as early as possible if bikes are around. This will prevent any swerving on their part, something that is especially dangerous on two wheels.