Use Common Sense When Sharing the Road with Motor Cycles and Bicycles
Everyone shares the road. What that means is, it doesn’t matter if you are in a car or truck, riding a motorcycle, or even a bicycle, we all have to share the road with one another and obey the same laws. The problem is, however, that many drivers and riders don’t think that they have to obey motor vehicle laws. Although some special consideration should be given to cyclists riding in designated riding lanes, all drivers and riders should be aware of their responsibilities before taking to the road.
Motor Vehicle Responsibilities
If a motorcycle or bicycle rider is correctly obeying the rules of the road, drivers in larger vehicles have some responsibilities to ensure that everyone remains safe as riders are in more danger than drivers. Cyclists frequently have to swerve to avoid what drivers in larger vehicles consider minor inconveniences, namely potholes, roadkill and other road debris. The best rule of thumb is to increase your distance and give them lots of room. If you must pass a rider, try to do it quickly.
Always look twice for motorcycle and bicycle riders because they can be difficult to see, even in good weather. Most vehicle-cycle accidents occur at intersections when a larger vehicle makes a left turn in front of a cyclist. Look for motorcycles and bicycles and then look again, just to make sure none are within range before making your left turn. Always drive defensively and remember that the warmer the weather, the more cyclists will be on the road.
Motorcyclists Should Drive Defensively Too
One of the biggest complaints about motorcyclists is that they drive recklessly. This goes beyond not wearing proper gear. Although riding two cyclists to a lane is not illegal, it is unsafe and should be avoided whenever possible. Zipping in and out of lanes quickly to get around cars is another unsafe practice. Simply ride with the traffic flow. Always use hand signals when making a turn because other motorists do not always see turn signals on your bike.
Use Common Sense When Bicycling
How many times have you seen a bicyclist going against traffic? Riding in this manner increases the risk of an accident. Always ride in the direction of traffic, stay in designated bicycle lanes and, most of all, try to stay off busy roads. Use secondary roads when possible, and keep everyone safer in the process.
Watch for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are probably the most at risk to injury on the road. They are also often distracted. Take extra care whenever you are driving or riding in areas where people could be present.