Motorcycle Collisions: 4 Tips for Reducing Wrecks
#1 Always Be Alert
Regardless of what you’re driving (bike, car, truck, etc.) you should always be on the alert for motorcyclists. Because of its compact size, it is easy to overlook a motorcycle. Many drivers fail to see a motorcyclist or misjudge their speed and then make the mistake of pulling out. Take a few extra minutes to look for motorcycles and other small vehicles (scooters, etc.) before making a turn.
If you ride a motorcycle yourself, always be on the look for cars that might be turning in front of you. In places where this is most likely to happen, like intersections, you must be even more cautious. The same is true when you’re riding near houses (driveways) or in a busy place like a parking lot.
#2 Use Turn Signals Every Single Time
Lots of motorcycle collisions will be avoided if the rider is following tip one. However, if drivers are not using their turn signals, it makes it a lot harder for the operator of a motorcycle to anticipate a collision. It might seem like such a simple thing, but it can literally be the difference between life and death.
Think of this scenario. You’re turning left at a green light but don’t use your turn signal. You don’t see the motorcyclists also driving through a green light in the opposite lane. He has the right of way; you are supposed to yield. If you would have used your turn signal, the other driver could have anticipated your turn and slowed down. Because you did not, you have now caused one of the many motorcycle collisions that happen in the U.S. each year.
Those who ride motorcycles should work to avoid being hit from behind. This is especially true since a fender bender can easily kill someone on a bike. You can do this by staying a little bit left or right of center when at a red light. Also, if someone is following too closely, let them pass or pull over. Pride and its frequent partner, road rage, cause way too many motorcycle collisions.
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