Drivers and motorcyclists alike share equal responsibility in preventing motorcycle accidents. We’ve discussed in the past on our blog tips for motorcycle riders in making the roads a safer place for all. Here we are going to detail suggestions for car drivers in preventing motorcycle accidents.
- Start seeing motorcycles. As the well-known campaign states, be aware of your surroundings at all times and expect to share the road with motorcyclists.
- Check blind spots before you make a lane change or merge. This is most important in dense traffic scenarios.
- Accidents are most likely to happen where traffic paths cross. Be wary at intersections and look twice before making a turn or proceeding through the intersection.
- Watch out especially when making left turns. This point relates to the above. Statistically speaking, most crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road occur when a driver takes a left turn at an intersection.
- Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to see around trucks and SUVs on the road. Be creative. Look under vehicles for another set of tires or around them for an “un-owned” shadow that might belong to a motorcyclist.
- Take to heart what you learned in Driver’s Ed.: Leave roughly a four-second distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, whether it’s a truck, sedan, or motorcycle. It’s always a good idea.
- Check your depth perception. When a group of bikes is in front of you, the one closest may be hard to pick out over the ones further away. The motorcyclist could be closer than you think.
- Curb your distracted driving habits. Sending that text message can wait until you get to your destination.
- Again, Driver’s Ed. 101, but use your turn signals. Bikers need to know what you’re planning on doing.
Hopefully you find these tips useful in preventing your involvement in a serious or fatal motorcycle accident.
Source: Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Office, “Motorist Awareness”