Share the road safety with motorcyclists
• When you change lanes or enter a major thoroughfare, make a visual check for motorcycles. Also use your mirrors. Motorcycles are small and they can easily disappear into a vehicle’s blind spots.
• Allow a longer following distance. You will need this space to avoid hitting the motorcyclist if he or she brakes suddenly or falls off the motorcycle. Motorcycles generally can stop faster than passenger vehicles.
• Allow the motorcycle a full lane width.
• Never try to pass a motorcycle in the same lane you are sharing with the motorcycle.
• When you make a turn, check for motorcyclists and gauge their speed before turning.
• Look carefully for motorcyclists before opening doors next to moving traffic or before turning right.
• Remember that road conditions, which are minor annoyances to you, pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement can cause motorcyclists to change speed or direction suddenly. If you are aware of the effect of these conditions and drive with care and attention, you can help reduce motorcyclist injuries and fatalities.