Drivers and motorcyclists need to share the road

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California is the perfect state for motorcycles, but having them on the road can be risky for everyone. Accidents involving motorcycles are often caused by other drivers, which is why all motor vehicle operators should know how to share the road safely with motorcyclists.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, in almost half of all fatal accidents involving motorcycles the other driver is found to be at fault. Because they are small and narrow, a motorcycle is often harder for motor vehicle operators to see, so there are numerous tips drivers should follow to ensure safety for motorcyclists. They include:

  • Leave a three- to four-second distance between you and a motorcycle in front of you
  • Leave a bigger distance in inclement weather
  • Take a little extra time to look for motorcycles when turning or changing lanes
  • Never share a lane with a motorcycle 

Curbed Miami also shares safety tips for motorcyclists, as they are also responsible for accidents and they suffer the most damage if a crash does occur. Motorcyclists should:

  • Make sure they have a motorcycle license and get regular training
  • Go the proper speed limit for posted signs and weather
  • Perform an inspection before each ride
  • Always wear a helmet and other safety gear
  • Wear bright colors so they are easier to see

Common sense should be at the top of everyone’s minds before hitting the road. This means never drinking and driving and keeping distractions, such as eating, using the phone and changing the stereo, to a minimum.


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