What They Don't Teach You in the Driving Manual

When we drive, we’re forced to cooperate with people we don’t know. Sometimes we encounter driving behaviors that seem reckless, crazy or even stupid. But with motorcyclists, these behaviors often aren’t crazy or reckless and are actually intended to increase their safety. For example, motorcyclists often weave in and out of lanes to avoid getting caught in the blind spots of the cars around them. While most drivers know basic information about proper driving behaviors, they may not know the ins and outs about driving safely around motorcycles. This website is designed to get you up to speed on motorcyclists’ behaviors and what vehicle drivers can do to keep the roads safe for our two-wheeled friends.

So, what can you do to help?

INTERSECTION

Be Aware of
Intersection Dangers.

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Proceed with caution!
BLIND SPOT

Know Your Vehicle's
Blind Spots.

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HARD TO SEE

Stay Alert. Motorcycles
Are Hard to See.

Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots, masked by objects outside a car, or difficult to see as light or weather conditions change. If a motorist can’t recognize or see the motorcyclist that is approaching, it’s difficult to avoid colliding with them. In many fatal motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle, the motorist often claims, “I just didn’t see him.” It’s common for motorists to overlook the presence of motorcycles, or underassess a motorcyclist’s distance. This significantly increases the odds of a collision.

Can you spot
the motorcycle?

41% of all motorcycle crashes are due to drivers failing to see motorcycles. Read below to learn how you drive more safely around motorcycles.

What can you do to
better spot a motorcycle?

1

Adjust your rear and side-view mirrors to reduce your blind spots

2

Don't rush your decisions at intersections or while pulling out of parking lots

3

Don't drive faster than the speed of drivers around you

4

Keep your concentration focused on the road

BRAKING ISSUES

Be Aware of Motorcycle
Braking Issues.

Many drivers don't know that motorcyclists often downshift or roll off the throttle to slow down instead of applying their brakes. No braking means no brake lights to signal motorists. Because motorcyclists often decelerate faster and downshift to brake, it's critical for motorists to allow a larger braking cushion around motorcycles. Allow more following distance, say three or four seconds, than you would normally would for another vehicle.

Leave extra room!