As frigid weather gives way to crisp mornings and warm afternoons, motorcyclists everywhere will break out their vehicles for a springtime ride. As exhilarating as these high-powered bikes may be, it’s important to remember that the lack of doors and windows exposes riders to greater risks. Plus, the speeds at which they move and sometimes weave between traffic can threaten the safety of car drivers and passengers. To avoid a car accident no matter what you’re driving, take advantage of the following guide.
Safety Tips for Drivers During Motorcycle Season
As a driver surrounded by a strong metal frame, packed in by doors, windows, and airbags, it’s easy to feel invincible on the open road. However, accidents involving motorcyclists can be fatal, so keep an eye out for speeding riders. Use your mirrors when merging or turning to rule out the presence of a biker, and double-check in case they’re moving faster than surrounding traffic.
Be extra careful when checking your blind spots, especially the one by the left rear window. When changing lanes, trigger your turn signals at least five to 10 seconds before making a move. At night, don’t use your high-beams if you see a rider approaching, as the light can be blinding.
How to Avoid Accidents as a Motorcyclist
As a motorcycle rider, the most important safety task is to wear a full face helmet. If you are to experience a car accident, this protective gear is the only thing between you and a traumatic brain injury. The helmet should be as tight as possible while still being able to come on and off.
If rain is in the forecast, avoid riding your motorcycle—this decreases visibility for drivers, who may already have a difficult time spotting your small, fast vehicle. The slippery roads can also exacerbate your injuries should you get into a car accident. If you must ride in the rain, wear bright, reflective clothing and turn your lights on.
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