Share the Road with Motorcycles
They have the same rights and responsibilities as cars.
Per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die and five times more likely to be injured in a crash than occupants of cars. Keep the following in mind as you drive your four-wheel vehicle.
- Motorcycles are smaller and harder to spot. Larger vehicles can hide their presence, making them seem to come out of nowhere.
- Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. It may seem as if there is enough room for a car and a motorcycle, but looks can be deceiving. A motorcyclist needs the full lane to maneuver safely.
- Motorcyclists can be hidden in your vehicle’s blind spot. Always check your mirrors and blind spots before switching lanes or making a turn.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists (and other vehicles) to anticipate your movement.
- Allow more distance when following a motorcycle to give the cyclist time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never pass in the same lane you’re sharing with a motorcycle.
- Look carefully for motorcyclists (and other vehicles) before opening doors next to moving traffic.
- Be aware that potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, etc., can cause motorcyclists to change speed or direction suddenly.
Additional Motorcycle Resources
- Share the Road with Motorcycles Foundation – Detailed safety gear recommendations.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Choosing the right helmet and state helmet laws.
- Motorcycle Road Safety – Road safety tips.
- When You Must Whether the Weather – Use caution in dangerous riding weather.
- Motorcycle Safety Gear – Gear up before you rev up.
- Anti-lock Brakes – They’re not just for cars anymore.
- Motorcycle Insurance – Make sure you’re covered before you hit the road.