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Share the Road with Motorcycles

They have the same rights and responsibilities as cars.

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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.

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