AWARENESS MONTH MAY 2014
Road users should never drive, bike, or walk
while distracted. Doing so can result in
tragic consequences for everyone on the road, including motorcyclists.
A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges,
and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though
it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and
a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist
needs room to maneuver safely.
Because motorcycles are smaller than most
vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers
to misjudge their speed and distance.
Size also counts against motorcycles when it
comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind
spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots
before switching to another lane of traffic.
Always signal your intentions before changing
lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your
movement and find a safe lane position.
Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a
motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten
to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
Allow more distance – three or four seconds –
when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to
maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change
speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or
slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.