For most drivers, being aware of other cars and trucks on the road comes naturally. And, other cars and trucks are usually highly visible because of their size, if for no other reason. However, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and other small vehicles are not as visible, making them more vulnerable to mishaps caused by unaware motorists. This is one of the main reasons Florida motorcycle accidents occur.
To help you stay vigilant when you’re behind the wheel, here are five tips that will help you safely share the road with motorcyclists and drivers of other small vehicles.
- Stay in your lane. Because motorcycles don’t take up much room, you might be tempted to share a lane with a motorcyclist, especially in heavy traffic, in an attempt to get to your destination faster. However, by not giving the motorcyclist enough space, you reduce the safety barrier and increase the risk of a collision.
- Be aware. Many motorcycle accidents in Orlando occur because the driver of a car was unable to see the motorcyclist. This can happen when you fail to check your blind spot, or if you’re distracted because you’re using a cell phone or fiddling with the radio while you’re driving. Pay attention to your surroundings and scan your side and review mirrors frequently as you drive.
- Give ample warning before turning or changing lanes. When you signal to switch lanes, do not assume right away that a motorcyclist has seen you signal your intention. Give enough notice so the motorcyclist has time to realize that you are making a turn or you’re coming into his or her lane.
- Do not tailgate. You might not always realize when you’re tailgating a motorcycle. Sometimes the difference in size between your vehicle and a motorcycle (or moped or bicycle) makes it seem as though you’re farther away than you really are. Plus, because the rider of the other vehicle is less protected, you should give yourself more time (i.e., space) to stop if you should need to do so suddenly.
- Be conscious of the road conditions. When rain, fog, or other conditions make it hard to see other vehicles, the danger is even greater for motorcyclists. Therefore, you should always allow extra distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle in this type of situation.
Accidents happen quickly and often end badly for motorcyclists, particularly when they collide with a larger vehicle. You can help make the road a safer place for motorcycles and other similar vehicles. Exercising even just a little extra caution could help save someone’s life — maybe your own.
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