May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and many Kentucky motorcycle accident attorneys know just how important it is for drivers to practice safety when sharing the roads with motorcyclists. When a motorcycle and a car collide, serious injuries can result. Practicing safety and awareness can help both car drivers and bikers avoid crashes and stay safe on the roads.
Whether you’re new to driving a car or have been driving for years, it’s wise to review motorcycle safety tips from time to time and keep them in mind when you share the road with bikers. Here are six tips for sharing the road safely with motorcyclists.
- Never drive while distracted. Even a few seconds’ distraction can spell tragedy for you, your passengers, or others on the road, including motorcyclists. Always stay fully aware of your surroundings when you’re behind the wheel.
- Treat motorcycles like cars. Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road. Treat them accordingly by giving them ample space, allowing them a full lane width, and yielding when they have the right-of-way at an intersection.
- Look twice for bikes. Motorcycles can be harder to see than cars, pickup trucks, or SUVs. Check twice for motorcyclists in your blind spot and at intersections before changing lanes or crossing.
- Signal first. Using your signals before changing lanes, merging, or turning allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movements, giving them a chance to find a safe lane position.
- Don’t trust turn signals. Turn signals on motorcycles don’t always turn themselves off, and bikers can’t always hear them over road noise. Make sure a motorcyclist is actually going to turn before you proceed.
- Give them extra space. Motorcyclists need extra room to maneuver or stop in emergencies, especially when the pavement is wet, slippery, or broken.