Drivers Fact Sheets

Sharing The Road With Motorcycles

In almost half of all motorcycle collisions the motorist is at fault, not the motorcyclist. Motorcycles use a full lane; treat them like other vehicles when driving.

  1. Many motorcycle collisions occur between 11 a.m. and 8 pm, so take extra caution at these times.
  1. Watch for motorcycles at road junctions – over one third of motorcycle collisions are junction related.
  1. Be sure that you are safe to proceed before doing so by checking your mirrors and around your car.
  1. Slow down as you come to a road junction and look carefully for traffic, give way signs, stop signs, traffic lights, cyclists and pedestrians.
  1. Be extra cautious when turning in front of a motorcycle.  It’s difficult to judge their speed. Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.
  1. Watch for clues. Motorcycle turn signals can be hard to see.
  1. Watch for signs, such as shoulder checking or leaning, indicating the rider is going to turn or change lanes.
  1. Carefully assess an oncoming motorcycle’s speed.
  1. A motorcycle is more difficult to see than other vehicles and its profile is smaller from most angles.
  1. A motorcycle’s speed and distance can easily be misjudged by drivers.
  1. Make sure you don’t pull out in front of, or cut off, a motorcycle.
  1. Be courteous. Respect motorcyclists – they are just as entitled to use the road as you are.
  1. Speed and other aggressive tactics such as tailgating can potentially be more dangerous to the motorcyclist, who has less protection on a smaller, open vehicle.
  1. Give other drivers space to change lanes, avoid cutting them off and signal your turns and lane changes properly.
  1. Be aware of motorcycles around your car, motorcyclists might pass you on either side, so double-check whether you’re turning left or right.
  1. Check your mirrors frequently.
  1. Remember to check your blind spot, especially before changing lanes. A motorcycle is small enough to be entirely hidden within your blind spot.
  1. Park safely. Check for motorcyclists before opening a car door and ensure that your passengers do the same.

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